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Dog the Bounty Hunter Leland Chapman Gets Tossed from Court: EXCLUSIVE

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Lee Chapman, Leland Chapman by LALATE

Dog the Bounty Hunter Leland Chapman Gets Tossed from Court: EXCLUSIVE


LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Dog the Bounty Hunter Leland Chapman returns to Dog and Beth tonight on CMT. But Leland is not returning to a federal court case he brought anytime soon.

For months LALATE has exclusively reported that Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman and Tim Chapman sued a production company over the A&E series Dog the Bounty Hunter. The Chapmans initially retained the counsel who typically represented Dog and Beth Chapman. That counsel then couldn’t get a response from Leland, Duane Lee and Tim. The counsel then went to court to ask out of the case, claiming that the three Chapman are simply not reachable and allegedly no cooperative clients. Eventually, the court agreed, and allowed Dog and Beth’s counsel to withdraw from representing Leland, Duane Lee and Tim, LALATE can exclusively report.

Then defense counsel made the next move. It attempted to contact Leland, Duane Lee and Tim – now representing themselves – to respond to the case which they brought in the first place. The producer lodged with the court copies of letters sent to home addresses for the three Chapmans. The producer went back to court and told the judge that the Leland, Duane Lee and Tim were now not responding again either.

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LALATE can now report that in late August defense counsel made a motion to dismiss against Leland, Duane Lee and Tim for lack of prosecution of their case. Several status conferences were set ordering Leland, Duane Lee and Tim to appear in court and explain why they can’t be found. They didn’t appear multiple times.

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The court by August was so perplexed that the judge even telephoned the Chapman men on the phone from court chambers, LALATE can exclusively report. “Three calls were made for Plaintiffs Tim Chapman, Leland Chapman and Duane Lee Chapman, II on the 4th floor and 1st floor of the courthouse – there was no response.” Just days ago, the court had enough and dismissed the case.



Dog and Beth Bounty Hunter Goes Missing: EXCLUSIVE

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Dog the Bounty Hunter, Leland Chapman by LALATE

Dog: What Happened to Leland Chapman, Duane Lee, Baby Lyssa


ST LOUIS (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – On tv shows “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and “Dog and Beth”, Leland Chapman is shown hunting for persons who have missed their court dates. Now a court is looking for Leland Chapman who is missing his court dates, consecutive times this summer, LALATE can exclusively report. Also missing are Duane Lee Chapman and Tim Chapman.

Years before the “Dog and Beth” series, Leland, Duane Lee and Tim filed a lawsuit against a party concerning “Dog the Bounty Hunter”. Earlier this year, the Chapmans’ attorneys told the court that they wanted out of the case because they can’t find their clients. They claimed that the contacted them but aren’t hearing back. “Plaintiffs counsel … have put forth sufficient reasons to indicate a breakdown in communication between counsel and their clients. Plaintiffs counsel has indicated it will be impossible to move forward with their clients due to this lack of communication. ”

The court agreed, and allowed the attorneys to get out of the case, noting that the Chapmans did not appear at that hearing. The court then demanded Leland to appear at a court hearing on June 26, 2013. They didn’t appear again. Finally the court ordered Leland to appear on August 5, 2013. Leland didn’t appear once again didn’t appear nor did Duane Lee or Tim.

The case was brought by the Chapmans in 2008 against the production company that produced the A&E show. Now that company, the defendant in the case, has asked the court to toss the case out because, in now three hearings, the Chapmans are missing. Letters sent to the home addresses for the three men have gone unanswered. The matter is pending for determination.



Dog the Bounty Hunter, Beth Chapman A&E Lawsuit Resolved: EXCLUSIVE

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Beth Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter by LALATE

Dog the Bounty Hunter, Beth Chapman A&E Lawsuit Resolved: EXCLUSIVE

LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – What happened to Dog the Bounty Hunter and A&E? The legal dispute between Dog the Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman, Beth Chapman (real name Alice Barmore-Smith Chapman), A&E, and their former production company was resolved just days ago. And in the end, A&E retained $350,000 of a $2 million amount in dispute, LALATE can exclusively reveal.

Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth Chapman just recently resolved multiple disputes between them, A&E, and their former production company. For over a year, fans have wondered why Dog the Bounty Hunter ended its run on A&E. That remains still unanswered today. But documents obtained exclusively by LALATE today reveal that a major dispute involving A&E since 2007 was only resolved just days ago.

A&E claimed that in “March 23, 2007, Dog and Beth Chapman commenced an administrative proceeding” against the production company for the A&E show “before the California Labor Commission”. A&E asserted that the Chapman claimed that the production company allegedly “had violate the California Talent Agencies Act… acting [allegedly] as unlicensed talent agents and unlawfully collecting ‘producer’ fees in connection with the Program.”

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A&E further claimed that in June 2007 that they got a letter from the Chapmans stating that they were demanding no further sums of moment to be paid to the producers in connection with the A&E series. The Chapmans allegedly told A&E “We intend to hold you fully responsible for damages resulting to our clients from any future payments to these entities.”

The producers then in turn allegedly demanded A&E to pay them their producing fees when they came due. Thereafter, one lawsuit began in New York. The production company sued A&E seeking payment of their producing moneys. Then a second matter was filed in California by A&E against the producers. A&E sought the “right to deposit the Assets”, namely the unpaid producing fees “into the registry of the Court and a discharge from liability”.

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How much money was at stake? A&E asserted by November 2010 that there was “in excess of $2 million” owed to either the Chapmans or the producers. The dispute over the millions of dollars was set for trial on June 17, 2013. Just days before trial, A&E, Duane Chapman, Beth Chapman and the producers settled the dispute. But more remain questions remained unanswered.

Who got all the money? LALATE has exclusively obtained the 16 page settlement agreement, which was filed on June 13, 2013. First, the Court found that $350,000 of the $2 million actually belongs to A&E and would be returned to the network. “The Court….determined claims to the amount allegedly overpaid by Plaintiffs into the Court’s registry”.  Second, the settlement agreement found that “the remaining balance … shall be remitted to a joint trust account” in the name of the Chapmans’ and the production company’s attorneys. Finally A&E also paid $25,000 to the production company and represented that the sum is “not for attorneys fees and costs”. For other disputes involving Duane Lee and Leland revealed this weekend too, click HERE.

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Duane Lee Chapman, Leland Chapman Feud with Family Counsel: EXCLUSIVE

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Lee Chapman, Leland Chapman by LALATE

Duane Lee Chapman, Leland Chapman Feud with Family Counsel: EXCLUSIVE

LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – What happened to Duane Lee Chapman, Leland Chapman, and Tim Chapman? LALATE can exclusively report that Duane Lee Chapman, Leland Chapman, and Tim Chapman have all being at odds with the attorney that represents Beth Chapman and Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Chapman, since June of this year.

Fans have wondered why Duane Lee Chapman and Lyssa Chapman are not on the new CMT Dog the Bounty Hunter show, Dog and Beth. And in the final season of the A&E, fans watched as Dog got into a disagreement with his son Duane Lee and Leland.

Documents obtained exclusively by LALATE Sunday reveal that, for several months, Duane Lee Chapman II, Leland Chapman and Tim Chapman have been at odds with the same law firm that represents Dog and Beth. While the feud does not concern Dog and Beth, court documents reveal a break down of communication between Duane Lee, Leland and Tim and the family counsel.

In 2008, Duane Lee, Leland and Tim brought legal proceedings in federal court against the production company that produced the A&E show. One of the firms that Duane Lee, Leland and Tim hired to represent them was Beth and Dog’s longtime counsel in Los Angeles. In June this month, the court found that the “Plaintiffs Duane Lee Chapman II, Leland Chapman, and Tim Chapman have not complied with the Courts 6/19/2013 Order to appear in person or telephonically at today’s hearing.”

The court made extensive findings as to breakdowns in communication. “Plaintiffs counsel… represented that he sent a letter to the Plaintiffs [Duane Lee, Leland and Tim] via certified mail, notifying them of the Courts 6/19/2013 Order to appear at the hearing on the Motion to Withdraw As Counsel.”

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The counsel had been representing Duane Lee, Leland and Tim. But in recent months, the counsel decided to withdraw. “[..Counsel] stated that the certified letters were received by Plaintiffs [Duane Lee, Leland and Tim] and/or Plaintiffs agent; however, he has not been contacted by the Plaintiffs. [Counsel...] also stated he previously sent the Plaintiffs copies of his Motion to Withdraw as Counsel via email and letter. [Counsel...] stated that some of the emails were returned to him due to defunct email addresses.

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The court ultimately found no level of sufficient level of communication exists. “Plaintiffs counsel … have put forth sufficient reasons to indicate a breakdown in communication between counsel and their clients. Plaintiffs counsel has indicated it will be impossible to move forward with their clients due to this lack of communication. ” The counsel was allowed to withdraw, leaving that Duane Lee, Leland and Tim now representing themselves in federal court. For more on another Bounty Hunter dispute revealed this weekend, click HERE.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter Threatens to Sue Lyssa Chapman Mgr: EXCLUSIVE

Posted: June 9th, 2013 in Dog Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Lee Chapman, Lyssa Chapman by LALATE

Dog the Bounty Hunter Threatens to Sue Lyssa Chapman Mgr: EXCLUSIVE

LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Dog the Bounty Hunter is threatening to sue Baby Lyssa Chapman’s manager. What isn’t Lyssa Chapman on the new CMT Dog and Beth series, what happened between Duane Lee Chapman and Dog, and what went on between Dog and his family at the end of the A&E series? Onthe final season of A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter series, the Chapman family was in turmoil. Duane Lee on tv was vowing to quit, Leland was furious, and Dog and Beth were at odds with the three siblings. For months, Dog the Bounty Hunter fans have been asking for clarity as to what happened between Dog and Baby Lyssa. Now, LALATE can exclusively report that Beth Chapman and Dog Chapman are threatening litigation against Lyssa’s manager and warning her publisher.

LALATE has exclusively obtained this weekend a letter sent from attorneys for “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman threatening to sue Baby Lyssa Chapman’s manager. But the tensions don’t end there. So why is Dog Chapman warning of a possible lawsuit against his own daughter’s manager?

Several months ago, LALATE exclusively reported that Lyssa Chapman would be bringing to press a new book from Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. On May 7, Howard Books released Lyssa’s memoirs “Walking on Eggshells: Discovering Strength and Courage Amid Chaos.”

In the weeks that followed, LALATE also exclusively reported that Lyssa would not be joining Dog and Beth in their new CMT show, but would soon be the star of her own reality series. During that time, Lyssa also shared with followers online her upcoming appearances to promote her books. Among them purportedly was a stop at the Country Music Festival.

Now, Dog and Beth have retained counsel to contact Lyssa’s book manager, Martin Literary Management. The attorney for Dog and Beth claims in his letter “We are litigation counsel for Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and Beth Chapman. We are writing regarding your outrageous and tortuous conduct in connection with promoting Lyssa Chapman’s book Walking on Eggshells (“Book”).”

The letter asserts that allegedly “Her [Lyssa's] conduct, at your [Martin’s] direction, subjects you, your agency, and her publisher to significant liability for defamation, tortuous interference with contract, and international infliction of emotional distress among other causes of action.”

In another passage of the two page letter, Dog and Beth Chapman discuss the use of the “Chapman” name in promoting Lyssa Chapman’s own book. “In addition, your efforts to have Lyssa attend the County Music Awards and glom on the Chapmans’ celebrity has not gone unnoticed. The CMT Network has been made aware of your unauthorized use of the Chapmans’ name and/or likeness in connection with the television series and will take all appropriate actions to protect its intellectual property rights.”

Lyssa’ publisher Howard Books / Simon & Schuster, her manager Martin Literary, CMT and the Chapmans have yet to comment about the matter.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter Not Capturing Ratings without Duane Lee, Lyssa Chapman

Posted: April 26th, 2013 in Dog the Bounty Hunter by LALATE

Dog the Bounty Hunter Not Capturing Ratings without Duane Lee, Lyssa Chapman


LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSVE) – The Dog the Bounty Hunter new show on CMT is capturing fugitives but not ratings. Viewers have been left guessing where is Baby Lyssa Chapman, what happened to Duane Lee Chapman, why is Tim Youngblood not on the show, and what happened to Dog and his sons? But with lots of fugitives and little family dynamic, the new jumpstart program has not resonated well in TV ratings, LALATE can report.

Dog the Bounty Hunter moved to CMT earlier this year with Beth Chapman in the foreground, and the in show’s title, and Leland Chapman pushed into the background. On A&E, the show featured the entire cast of family members lined up with focus on Dog Chapman. But the new entry “Dog and Beth” has struggled so far to fine a ratings foothold.

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Rather, Beth Chapman took the unusual move to digress the show for its successful core, about family dynamics, to now dealing with other hunters across the U.S. That concept hasn’t worked in the ratings.

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It remains unclear how low Dog and Beth’s ratings are sinking. But for the night April 22, FutonCritic reported the top “33 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the cable networks” that night. Dog and Beth didn’t make the list, with the lowest entry at a make 0.44 ratings share.

Moreover, TVByTheNumbers reports the situation far worse. For April 16 and the week thereafter, it doesn’t list Dog and Beth in even the top 100 cable shows that night. “We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our principal source. If you don’t see an original episode of a show here, it’s because it wasn’t in the top 100.”











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