‘Counting On’: Is Josh Duggar Having Legal Troubles?

Josh Duggar was once best known as the oldest child of Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar and the eldest brother in the enormous Duggar family from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting.

But after news of his self-reported history of child molestation, in part against his own sisters when they were underage, and his confession of infidelity against his wife Anna Duggar, the oldest Duggar child became associated with scandal. The revelations rocked the Duggar family, who was quickly taken off the air by TLC when 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled.

However, some of the Duggars returned to TLC for the spinoff Counting On. Josh hasn’t filmed with any of his family members, but he and Anna still participate in family events behind the scenes. They were most recently seen in Los Angeles with Jim-Bob, Michelle, and several of Josh’s siblings, who were visiting Jinger Duggar Vuolo and her husband Jeremy Vuolo.

Josh and Anna are expecting their sixth child next month. But amid the excitement of a new addition, it looks like Josh may also have some legal troubles to worry about. Read on to learn more about the current lawsuit against Josh Duggar’s investment company and its latest developments.

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Josh Duggar’s investment company was sued earlier this year

Josh Duggar, like many of his family members, actively participates in real estate dealings in Northwest Arkansas. An Arkansas man, Carl Echols, sued Josh earlier in 2019 for a purchase Josh made through his investment company, ALB Real Estate, LLC.

According to Echols, Josh purchased five acres of land from Echols’ cousin Edward Lewis in 2016 for a paltry sum of $1,000. Echols’ suit claims that he purchased the land from Lewis first, in 2006, for $17,500, and that he has been paying property taxes on it ever since and thus has a right to it.

Documentation involved in the suit suggests that Duggar never personally visited the property.

The former ’19 Kids and Counting’ star is not individually named in the suit

Duggar’s lawyer requested that he be removed from the suit as an individual defendant. That request was granted, and the former 19 Kids and Counting star is no longer named individually as a defendant in the lawsuit.

But Duggar’s company may still have to answer for what Echols alleges was their failure to look into their right to purchase the property in the first place.

A pre-trial conference was held on Sept. 3, at which a motion to compel discovery was filed by Echols’ attorney. According to Radar Online, Echols’ attorney claimed on Oct. 16 that Duggar’s attorney, Travis Story, has failed to provide the court-ordered discovery and has not responded to emails, calls, and other attempts at making contact in a timely manner.

The case is set to head to trial in early 2020

The “quiet title” trial involving Josh Duggar’s company and Carl Echols is set for early 2020. The trial is expected to last three days.

Echols is requesting slightly more than $3,500 from Duggar’s company in attorney and court fees. The company could potentially have to pay additional fees because of their alleged failure to look into the purchase properly beforehand.