c-title pmc-u-font-size-20 pmc-u-font-size-38@tablet pmc-u-font-size-46@desktop-xl u-text-align-center@mobile-max u-letter-spacing-0025 pmc-u-line-height-normal u-line-height-45@tablet pmc-u-padding-t-1 pmc-u-padding-t-050@mobile-max”>‘Windy City Rehab’ Ends Season, But Legal Troubles Linger For HGTV Series
By Bruce Haring
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October 17, 2020 12:47pm
The popular HGTV series Windy City Rehab has reached the end of its second drama-filled season, as host Alison Victoria Gramenos had to call a time-out in the finale to deal with some bad legal news while on camera.
But even though the season has reached the finish line, the host’s legal problems are apparently far from over.
People reports that the owners of a house featured on Windy City Rehab tried to freeze Victoria’s financial assets amid an ongoing lawsuit. Anna and James Morrissey, who purchased a house featured on Season 1 of the series, filed a motion October 8 seeking to prevent Gramenos from “dissipating her assets, including selling any property which she owns or controls.”
According to Gramenos’s attorney, the court has denied the motion.
The Morrissey’s sued Gramenos and her former business partner, general contractor and developer Donovan Eckhardt, in December 2019. The couple filed a new lawsuit on September 20 of this year, adding the production company for the show, Big Table Media, and Discovery Inc., which owns HGTV.
The lawsuit alleges shoddy work, including “leaks and water penetration,” a crooked front door, crumbling exterior mortar, and problems with the roof and garage.
In the Season 2 finale, Gramenos received a phone call about a second lawsuit from another couple.
“If you only knew what comes into my phone,” she said on camera. “I have people coming out of the woodwork. I have homeowners that are being contacted by the press. All I ever did, and all I’ve ever done, is design. Honestly…Sorry, guys, I’m freaking out.” She then exited the camera interview.
Later, upon her return, she admitted, “I’m just dealing with a nightmare.”
HGTV has not said whether the show will return for a third season.
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