Renovated family sues

A family that appeared on the Fox reality show Renovate My Family is filing suit against Fox, claiming the show made its house unlivable, in addition to leaving the family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills.

The Rosier family of Lemont, Illinois, claims in its suit that the show's producers hired contractors that violated building codes and improperly installed handicap-access equipment for the family's son. The Rosiers say they owe nearly $800,000 in taxes and repairs.

"We are worse off and now more in debt than before Fox and everybody else came in to help us," Sharon Rosier told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The suit also claims DuPage County inspectors performed "hasty and reckless" inspections and that now the Rosiers are stuck with $250,000 in repairs, as well as a tax bill for more than $500,000 on home improvements that weren't finished.

After the suit was filed, Fox executives paused and had a moment of deep introspection about the impact that reality television is having on society.

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It would be nice to see this family on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. How great would it be to see them tear down the Fox house and put up a proper house, and maybe take care of all their bills in the process.
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I hope that family learns from their mistake. You don't go to a wannabe show if you want good results.
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Reality Lawsuit!!!!!
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Well, i just feel bad for the family who are now hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
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Seems to me these home makeover shows could easily be a disaster in all areas. Wouldn't it potentially increase the monthly bills? And then there are general upkeep costs. It could be a distaster on all fronts.
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This show always was a poor imitation of the original Extreme Home Makeover show.
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I sure hope that the family wins with this one. In Canada we have a show called "Holmes on Homes" . He comes to help out families who have been ripped off by bad contracters. He comes in and fixes up the house right. I think it would be hilarious for him to come in and fix up this families house.
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I am in total agreement with Minor_Annoyance.

Heck reality tv isn't even reality.
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Well, I've been waiting for this to happen--and I must say, I'm surprised it took so long for such a screw up to occur.
Oh well, their own fault for letting them do it.
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Actually a family sued the people at EM:HE. The family whose dad was in Iraq...the very first family who got a makeover.
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Serves you right, Fox! Quit making crap reality shows and make new, good, original ones!
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I saw an interview with the family. They are not just suing over the alleged shoddy workmanship.

Other allegations are that the show placed too high a value on the work. This caused a huge tax bill with the IRS. They are disputing the dollar value of the work.

They also allege that items were stolen from their home during the work. Specifically the father's tools. He is a professional carpenter. Which makes me wonder why he didn't question the quality of the work before hand.
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HAHAHAHA...That's all I have to say about that.
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When some people go to a real TV show and then complain, I always wonder if they are stupid or if they really thought it only have good sides to participate to such silly programs.
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I'm actually supprised that there have not been more lawsuits. The work on these shows seems to be done hastely and with little thought to safety.

Maybe reality TV will be sued into its grave, and we can go back to real entertainment.
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It's outrageous that some people are suggesting it's the family's fault for going with a Fox show :P I agree, the show is a waste of airtime and that the other shows of this type are of much higher quality, but think for a second that there are thousands of families that ask for help each year (many of them apply to more than one program that offers angel assistance) and *maybe* as many as a hundred or so receive help from one of these shows. If a show offers them help, they aren't going to say "hmmm... it's a Fox show, maybe I should turn them down." Did Fox mess up? Absolutely, and I sincerely hope they make good on the problems they caused (and cancel the show to spare the rest of us).
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Maybe with all of the problems Fox and their show caused, the family can apply to Extreme Makeover Home Edition. That will show Fox for ripping off ABC's successful show.
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haha ****ers
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FOX is always getting rid of the good shows just because they dont get good enough ratings, they deserve what they get
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I hate Fox for other reasons, but this is just one more!
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FOX deserves the suit that'll theach them to stop copying ABC because everyone knows copies aren't as the real thing
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FOX deserves the suit that'll theach them to stop copying ABC because everyone knows copies aren't as the real thing
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Filechick and TheOCBabe: First of all, I'm sure that the family also applied for EMHE, but they also wanted to make sure they got picked - so tehy applied for Fox's show as well. It is in NO way the family's fault...only the network's.
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This doesn't surprise me at all. These shows are produced as cheaply and quickly as possible. The producers don't care about the people they are impacting, as long as they can produce a show for cheap and bring in the viewers, while making them and the network look good by pretending to be so generous for families in need, they'll keep producing stuff like this.
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This show is crap! It's there fault for not going to ABC and using Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
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Next on Fox: "When Contractors Attack"

(which, now that I think about it, actually sounds a lot better than the stuff that's really on their network)
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It is the family's fault for not going to abc and trying to be nominated for extreme makeover home edition. Ty and his group don't ever have these issues
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Fox deserves this for taking the idea! How can they not think of something more creative? I like very few reality shows now: The Apprentice, American Idol, MTVs The 70s House. So many reality shows are copies of others, please no more singing competitions, American Idol is fine.
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That's what happens when you go to the "I Married a Million Midgets" network instead of the pros like ABC.
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This is a sign from God telling FOX to stop stealing ideas from shows from other networks, especially ABC.
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Fox executives "took a moment", as John Cage would say? Is this meant to be sarcastic?! I guess only $800,000 would make them reconsider some of the trash they push out these days...
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I'm always glad to here something bad about reality TV.
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