“Windy City Rehab” is a home flipping reality television show, but it’s starting to feel like a legal drama due to mushrooming litigation stemming from the HGTV hit.
On Tuesday, the shows’s host, Alison Victoria, added another to the pile when she filed a lawsuit in Cook County accusing a notary public of forging her signature on bank loans and other important documents.
On Friday, a Cook County judge granted an emergency request for a temporary restraining order that prohibits Adriana Rodriguez from doing any work as a notary that involves Victoria, whose full name is Alison Victoria Gramenos.
Court records show Rodriguez denies the allegations. Efforts to reach her were unsuccessful.
Victoria’s name was forged on “a large number” of loan documents, operating agreements and lien waivers, the lawsuit states.
Victoria suspects more than one person of forging her name on documents that were notarized by Rodriguez, according to the suit.
Victoria’s lawsuit also includes copies of lien waivers connected to three properties featured on the show’s first season in which she claims her signature was forged. The properties are located at 1635 W. Pierce Ave., 885 W. Lill Ave. and 2123 W. Thomas St.
In the suit, Victoria does not identify the person who hired Rodriguez but says it is someone with whom she “is engaged in a cooperative enterprise.”
It’s been a tough few months for Victoria.
An apparent rift has opened up between her and her co-host and business partner Donovan Eckhardt.
On the show, Victoria is the interior designer. And Eckhardt, the general contractor who rehabbed the homes the two purchased together.
The pair are also facing a separate lawsuit filed late last year by unhappy homebuyers who want their money back because their “dream house” in Lincoln Square is plagued with leaks and other issues. The Chicago couple recently filed a motion seeking to kick the show off television.
In yet another pending lawsuit, subcontractor Ermin Pajazetovic’s company, Space Builders Inc., is seeking outstanding payment from Eckhardt’s construction company, Greymark Development Group.
And problems with angry neighbors and messy worksites resulted in a crackdown by the city’s Buildings Department that’s landed in court.
Season 2 for the hit show is in the works, but no air date has been announced.