The Duggars – The City of Springdale Answers Their Lawsuit

The Duggars – The City of Springdale Answers Their Lawsuit May 20, 2017

Found on the Facebook page of 19 Scandals and Counting and countless other pages an official statement from the City of Springdale, Arkansas to the charges laid by Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy Duggar.


Interesting. It was the Duggars themselves that exposed which daughters had been the victims of Josh Duggar. The documents released through a legal device named ‘Freedom of Information Act’ had the children’s names redacted. Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy may not have a legal leg to stand on by the time this is over.  Did not know that the city of Springdale notified the family of the FOIA request and the status of the release.y

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  • guerillasurgeon

    Don’t know why they are not suing their parents and their brother. But then who expects people like that to be rational.

  • Smidnite

    They’ve “forgiven” their family members, and consider the situation at hand to be the bigger violation.

    or at least the most profitable avenue to follow…

  • pagankitty

    My bet the lawsuit coming at this late of a date has something to do with the ratings of their show and the emptiness of their coffers.

  • Michael Neville

    I believe the latest show was cancelled.

  • Adrian

    For what it may be worth, in the comments of another Patheos article about this lawsuit a couple of days ago someone speculated that the Duggars may have wanted to wait until all the involved daughters had been safely married due to fears that such a lawsuit may make the girls unmarriageable in the Quiverfull community.

  • pagankitty

    But does this lawsuit out the girls anymore than they were outed two years ago?? Like wouldn’t any unmarriageability already be well known??

    Although, Jim Bob is getting rid of his daughters like a going out of business sale.

  • pagankitty

    Oh it was?? I hadn’t heard that it was fully canceled, just that it was losing advertisers. But it’s good that it’s canceled.

  • Unbelievable. Now they have a new cause by which to claim that they are helpless martyrs. Damage control.

  • Adrian

    Normal logic would suggest that indeed, they can’t be more outted than they already are. My attempts at Duggar-logic… Maybe they didn’t want to risk reminding people who might have forgotten about the sordid affair? Or maybe they view the lawsuit as an admission that it all happened?

    Ow! I think I sprained my brain trying to think like a Duggar….

  • lady_black

    Oh, SCREW these people. Their star has been tarnished. Now get over it and get real jobs, ladies. Nobody owes you a TV show. Now BEAT IT!

  • lady_black

    Oh well… somewhere, the world’s smallest violin is playing just for them. Let them marry outside the “Quiverfull community.” They aren’t guaranteed marriage, either,.

  • lady_black


  • lady_black

    They have the right to “forgive” their family. Unfortunately that doesn’t constitute a cause of action against the city.

  • Lizard

    And we can’t have them getting…jobs!* Living independently! Dearie me, what a catastrophe that would be! /s

    *To be clear, I’m criticizing Quiverfull culture, not necessarily the girls themselves. They didn’t ask to be born into a cult and I’d be very, very surprised if this lawsuit was their idea anyway.

  • Hailey

    Last month Family Law Juvenile Court proceedings was changed and the Duggars think that that means they can now sue over reports that were legally released 2 years ago according to the law at that time. Ridiculous! Here’s a local news report about it:

  • SAO

    Josh Duggar has no money. Suing Jim-Bob and Michelle would be pretty soul-destroying and it’s not clear how much money they’d get. JB &M probably still have a lot of status in the CPM world, their kids don’t and we’ve all seen how Gothard, Wilson and their ilk react to sexual abuse.

    Besides, from what I’ve seen of the CPM world, the ability to project an image of holier-than-thou is more important than any actual virtue, so it was the leakers who caused the real damage by destroying the image, not the disgusting behavior of Josh and its cover-up.

  • paganheart

    I know “19 kids and counting” was cancelled but I thought that the spinoff “Counting On” was still on the air for at least one more season. After all, the Duggars still have one more daughter about to be married off, and at least two upcoming births (Jill and Josh’s wife, and rumor has it Jinger is already pregnant)….by the way, has anyone else noticed that while four Duggar daughters have married and started reproducing, none of the sons except Josh has married off? Could it be that other Quiverfull families view the boys as “damaged goods” because of their older brother’s crimes and don’t want their daughters being courted by Duggar boys? Hmmmm……

  • Michael Neville

    I could easily be wrong about the spin-off show. I didn’t check and, quite frankly, I’m too unconcerned about the Duggars to check.

  • L’Anne

    It wasn’t cancelled. Counting On comes back in early June.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    According to the upfronts announcements at ‘Counting On’ has not been cancelled or confirmed for more than the upcoming season starting in June. It’s occupying a sort of a limbo state. Many of the cable shows for 2018 that are on air have already been announced with either a commitment or a cancellation for the 2017 into 2018 seasons. Guessing the show is on the bubble as there are many news articles speculating that this season might be the last due to ratings falling with each episode, the ratings flop that was Jinger’s wedding episode and the huge rush to marry off Joy.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    The crazy of all this that I think Jim Bob (who I think is really behind the lawsuit) hasn’t considered is that this is going to leave him, Michelle and Josh wide open to be forced to sit for depositions where there will likely be a ton of very revealing questions asked that isn’t going to help their position much. I have a sneaking feeling more unsavory things will be revealed. This might prove to be the complete unraveling of whatever crumbs are left of the Duggar empire.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Heh, we literally can’t have them getting jobs because they have no skills. 🙁

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    I wonder what will happen to Jana. Her position as Mom Jr. is on the verge of becoming redundant. Most of the kids are grown or teenagers at this point. Even the youngest 4 range from age 7-11 and that’s an age range when most kids are pretty self-sufficient, at least as far as fixing their own snacks, getting ready in the morning and for bed at night etc. Sure, I wouldn’t leave a 7-year-old alone in the house but that’s unlikely to be an issue with so many teenagers in the house. (And parents. There are those too, though it can be easy to forget.) The actual child to non-child ratio in that household really precludes the need for an adult sister-nanny. What’s keeping her there, I wonder? I kind of suspect she doesn’t want to marry, or perhaps doesn’t want to marry under standard Duggar family circumstances. Does she want to leave? Does she stay because she wants to maintain contact with her younger siblings and fears that that will be threatened? Is she trying to protect them in some way? Is she just incapable of imagining any other life or even genuinely happy being The Maiden Aunt living at home indefinitely? (Historically, this is not a role most women enjoyed, even when it was more common…) I really do wonder what the deal is with her.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    I think one of the older sons is courting now too but I could be wrong. As for the adult sons being “damaged goods,” honestly, I don’t even think it’s necessary to put it that way. I think, if you’re looking for potential suitors for your daughter, it’s actually perfectly rational to have some misgivings about young men who were raised in the same household as Josh Duggar. So that could easily be going on. But the push to marry very young just also doesn’t seem to be severe for men as it is for women–really, when is it ever?

    Not that I have any idea what those guys are actually up to. It would actually be logical if they were putting off marriage while gaining education or building up businesses so that they are employable and/or financially stable before they start a family. After seeing the bottom fall out for their brother and knowing that cushy gigs as figureheads of far-right organizations won’t be being thrown their way, I can’t imagine they’re going “Yeah, that’s the life I want!” (I also can’t imagine that a lot of parents of potential wives are eager to marry their daughters off to men who can’t provide.) But I don’t actually know if they’re taking measures to prevent that fate–or if they are able to.

    This would be a good time to look into some GED classes and community colleges, guys.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    I don’t know what they could even get besides domestic labor. They certainly have plenty of background in that. Nannying maybe? That’s about it. Besides that “reality TV personality” is the only job they’ve ever trained for.

  • lady_black

    That’s THEIR problem. Maybe sue Mom and Dad for being utter failures at parenting?
    You’re right. They aren’t trained for anything but domestic labor. So get a job cleaning or doing laundry in a nursing home. Learn to be a CNA, and work somewhere that pays tuition for nursing school. They aren’t getting their reality TV gig back. Maybe stop popping out sprogs left and right?

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    I don’t even think they have GEDs, which they’d need to get a CNA certificate. So that would be the first step. They are so far from being eligible for any job that isn’t just under-the-table exploitation for less than a living wage.

  • texassa

    That’s exactly it. They believe they are owed a television show. Which really is the basis for their lawsuit. They’re pissed that being outed as hypocrites hurt their teevee show and related income.

  • texassa

    Oh, the depositions. I only hope there will be depositions.

  • texassa

    Buncha nutcases.

  • Lana

    I don’t mind the girls suing for this. But I agree with Susanne below that this will only force more questions about what happened into the open.

  • lady_black

    I was under the impression they were home-schooled. Don’t they have high school diplomas? Otherwise, what’s the point of home-schooling?

  • SAO

    She’s old for the CPM world and older women are never as attractive in a culture that likes women very young and dependent. In addition, many of the men her age are already married, making the pool of potential suitors shorter. Add to that, she acts like a Mom on TV, which is never sexy.

    She may be pretty ambivalent about signing up for the CPM lifestyle and having 20 kids of her own. She’s old enough to remember the poverty of the pre-TLC era and it wouldn’t take much analysis to note that few of the people in her cult have an income that can support their families in reasonable comfort.

    Or, she could be so brainwashed into the family cult that she can’t find anyone who measures up to JB and is 100% in agreement with all of his ideas.

  • Mel

    I think she doesn’t want to leave her kids. She’s raised most of the Duggar kids so that JB can bring in cash and Michelle can be pregnant or nursing 24-7.

  • Mel

    Just before Josh’s molestation history came out, some commentators here discussed the death spiral of the Duggar TV show based on our experiences in large extended families.

    When you have so many people in prime reproductive range, the parade of weddings and births gets routine. With 5 women in reproductive age who are married (Anna, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy), the TV show would be introducing roughly 3 kids per year. With 7 grandkids already on the scene, the sheer number of new babies gets overwhelming. When the sons start getting married, the number of weddings and births gets even worse.

    My dad was one of 8 kids and I have 28 first cousins on that side of the family. We average 2 weddings and 4 babies a year right now. We have a hard time keeping everyone straight – and the cycle of weddings gets tedious for cousins you weren’t close to…..

  • Mel

    I didn’t even think about that. The Duggars lied through their teeth on national television and a half-way decent lawyer would have a field day with that.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    She’s old for the ideal of CPM marriage but, in practice, I think a lot of people don’t live up to the ideal. The system just doesn’t make it easy for people to meet and marry at the very young age they prefer. I’m guessing many people marry older than their early 20s if they marry at all. And, true, “Mom” is not sexy, but that’s not supposed to be a criterion anyway. She’s certainly pretty enough, like the rest of her sisters.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Lots of homeschooled kids don’t have a high school diploma or any kind of formal record of them having completed anything like a legit high school curriculum. Not all states require families to be that above-board. For some, they might as well have never had any schooling, as far as formal credentials go.

  • lady_black

    There ya go! They can sue the state!