Nexsen Pruet "Flip this House" Appellate Work Named “SC Case of the Year”

The legal publication Benchmark Litigation has named Richard Davis v. A&E Television Networks as the 2011 “South Carolina Case of the Year.”

Billy Wilkins, head of Nexsen Pruet’s Appellate Advocacy Group, and Kirsten Small represented Davis on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The case dates back to 2004, when Davis shopped around his idea of a house-flipping TV show. He and A&E struck a deal to share net profits equally. Then, the cable network produced and aired 13 episodes of “Flip this House.” The programs detailed how Davis’ company, Trademark Properties, renovated and sold houses around South Carolina.
At trial in 2006, Davis told the court that he upheld every aspect of the deal, but A&E did not pay. The heart of the case was an oral agreement. The jury found in favor of Davis and awarded him $4 million -- roughly equal to half of the net revenue for the first season of the show.

In April of 2011 the 4th Circuit affirmed that $4 million dollar verdict for Davis.

About Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation is a publication that focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States. Its goal is to " provide the most accurate and comprehensive coverage of the US litigation market" through research and interviews with attorneys and their clients. Learn more at

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 185 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.

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