‘Counting On’: Could Jim Bob Duggar Sue Derick Dillard?

The Duggar family may be in quarantine in Arkansas, but that doesn’t mean the drama has calmed down. Before the world went into lockdown, Derick Dillard began speaking out about his famous in-laws, and he took specific aim at Jim Bob Duggar. Since then, Jim Bob has seemingly launched a campaign to shore up his image, and an alleged insider told The Hollywood Gossip that Jim Bob will stop at nothing to keep Derick quiet, even if that means suing his own daughter’s family.

Did the Dillards sign a non-disclosure agreement?

Amy Duggar King, the rebel niece of the Duggar family, sat down for an interview in March 2020 with Katie Joy from Without a Crystal Ball, but she promptly asked for the video to be pulled down. It was later revealed that Amy received word that she could be sued if the video remained on the internet. Amy is reportedly barred from speaking about the Duggar family because of a non-disclosure agreement she signed while appearing on the family’s reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting. Amy has alluded to this fact on social media, but she’s been happily supporting Derick’s decision to speak out.

The same, however, apparently isn’t true for Derick. Derick has been forthcoming with information about the Duggar family. He has shared contract information, mentioned that he and his wife were never paid for appearing on the show, and has even spilled the beans about the controlling nature of Jim Bob. So, how is it possible that he can speak, but Amy can not? He told Without a Crystal Ball that he never signed any type of contract, nor did he sign a non-disclosure agreement. If that’s the case, Derick is within his legal rights to speak about the Duggar family.

Could Jim Bob sue Derick Dillard?

Fans are pretty confident that Derick is planning to write a tell-all book. Derick, himself, has pretty much confirmed that he’ll be penning some type of publication in the coming years, but he hasn’t exactly stated what that book is going to be about. Could it ruin the Duggar family’s media empire? It’s possible, but a source speaking to The Hollywood Gossip claims that Jim Bob will work tirelessly to ensure that doesn’t happen.

A reported insider, who claims to be a former employee of the family, alleges that Derick has enough information to ruin Jim Bob and that Jim Bob has already employed lawyers to try and block that from happening. The insider told the publication that Jim Bob had hired at least four lawyers who were combing over the family’s TLC contract to silence Derick. If Derick never signed a contract, as he claims, it doesn’t sound like Jim Bob has a legal leg to stand on.

Will Derick’s book coincide with information about the family’s federal investigation?

Back in November 2019, news out of Springdale, Arkansas, suggested that there was trouble at the Duggar family compound. It was initially reported that the FBI had raided the Duggar home. The FBI later stated that they were not involved in any investigation, but the Department of Homeland Security stepped up and admitted that their department had been on hand at a Duggar owned property. KNWA, a local news station, reported that an investigation into the family was ongoing, but not a peep has been heard about it since.

Online rumors also suggest that the Duggar family is being investigated for tax fraud. While those rumors have yet to be confirmed, many family critics believe there is serious weight to the allegations. If the stories are true, however, it could take months for further information to be confirmed. If Derick wants to avoid legal trouble with Jim Bob, it would seem prudent to wait out the federal investigation before releasing a book. Whether or not he realizes that, or is strategically planning a release remains unknown, though.