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"Storage Wars" lawsuit: A&E wins partial victory

LOS ANGELES ( - A&E and "Storage Wars" have taken the first round in its ongoing legal tangle with its former star Dave Hester, who claimed in a lawsuit that the reality show is staged. In a ruling Tuesday, Judge Michael Johnson of Los Angeles Superior Court sided with the network on a couple of points, throwing out the Unfair Business Practices of Hester's complaint on First Amendment grounds. Johnson also sided with A&E in ruling that an injunction against the series would violate the network's First Amendment rights. Hester filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in December, claiming that he had been fired for complaining that the show had been rigged. Specifically, Hester alleges, the show's producers plant valuable items in storage lockers, which competitors then bid on, supposedly without knowing what's inside them. In response, A&E filed an anti-SLAAP motion to strike stating that the show enjoys First Amendment protections. H