‘Love It or List It’ producers sued over alleged faulty home renovation

(RALEIGH, NC) — A Raleigh, North Carolina couple is suing the producers of the HGTV network show Love It or List It over a home renovation featured during the show’s most recent season.

Homeowners Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan are suing Big Coat TV, producers of the show, for breach of contract, negligent supervision resulting in faulty workmanship, unfair trade practices in violation of North Carolina’s general contractor laws, and unauthorized retention of funds paid by the homeowners for the remodeling, according to a copy of the suit obtained by Triangle Business Journal.

The suit alleges that the homeowners paid Big Coat TV $151,400 for the remodeling work to be performed by Aaron Fitz Construction and its subcontractors. It also claims Big Coat TV only paid Aaron Fitz $85,786.80 and that Big Coat TV retained the remainder of the funds in the amount of $65,613.20.

Murphy and Sullivan are also seeking $750,000 in “liquidated damages … for Big Coat’s profits from its illegal activity,” according to the complaint. That sum mirrors the contractual liquidated damages to be paid by the homeowners to HGTV parent Scripps Networks LLC in the event of the couple’s breach of a confidentiality agreement that is attached to the complaint.

Murphy and Sullivan applied for the home renovation to to make room for foster children they were hoping to add to their family.

A spokesperson for Big Coat tells the publication that they are aware of the lawsuit, but, “Because this matter involves ongoing litigation, our attorneys have advised us and we feel that making a comment would be inappropriate at this time. However, we do intend to vigorously defend what we consider to be false allegations.”

Love It or List It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on HGTV.

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