The Duggar family has worked hard to regain their positive image, but scandals and lawsuits still plague them. Ever since it was revealed to the public that Josh Duggar had molested four of his sisters — Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna — and that he was a pornography addict as well as an active user of Ashley Madison, the family has been doing damage control on their reputation. And now, with the latest update on the lawsuit, it looks like the four sisters have to reassess how they will proceed in court.
Earlier this year, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna Duggar filed a lawsuit related to the molestation scandal that broke loose in 2015. While it would have made the most sense to sue Josh Duggar, the sisters surprised everyone by deciding to sue the city of Springdale and Rockford County, Arkansas, as well as In Touch Weekly, for releasing their names as the victims of the scandal. Their reasoning was that they were still minors when the crime took place, and they had every right to have their identities protected.
Then, their brother tried to join the case, saying that he also was a minor when he inflicted the harm and that his identity also deserved to be protected by the state. Things got a little awkward when the sisters united to ask the judge to stop Josh from joining the case.
“It would appear that things aren’t hunky-dory if they are having public legal battles. That would indicate they’re not coordinating things with each other,” attorney Troy Slaten, who does not work with the Duggars, shared with E! News. “They are not on the same side […] If everything was good, they may want to help each other’s legal strategy but here, they clearly have opposing legal interest.”
While Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy got their way that time, they soon heard that they lost a part of the lawsuit. In October, an Arkansas district judge released the magazine from the case, “saying the First Amendment protected the magazine because the information it published was true” and that In Touch Weekly “cannot be held liable for the city’s and county’s failure to follow the law,” according to Page Six.
On top of this, Arkansas officials are also seeking immunity from the Duggar sisters’ lawsuit, as the information released by them were already “public knowledge.”
Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy-Anna’s lawsuit are not the only ones that are going badly. Last year, Josh Duggar was sued for using a Los Angeles-based DJ’s picture for his Ashley Madison profile. The DJ has “sought damages claiming he’s lost gigs and has received nasty messages referring to him as ‘Duggar’s boy toy’ and DJ Duggar, as a result of the scandal,” according to the Daily Mail.
Now, the 29-year-old molester “is demanding the lawsuit be tossed out,” saying that he cannot be sued in the state of California.
Throughout 2017, Josh Duggar and his family were showing signs of making a comeback. With the birth of his fifth baby, Mason Garrett Duggar, Josh and Anna started appearing more on family’s Facebook account. She also fired up her long-abandoned Twitter account, giving occasional updates on her kids.
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