Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth May Be in Serious Legal Trouble

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth
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Well this isn't news we wanted to hear from the Forsyth front. Joy-Anna (Duggar) and her husband Austin Forsyth may be in some trouble with the law, over a house the Counting On stars flipped and sold to another couple. According to the buyers, Austin didn't obtain the proper permits to install a septic tank, and it's created a big problem for them. A big enough problem that they're actually taking Joy and Austin to court over it. 

  • According to In Touch, the couple filed a lawsuit against Austin on October 11.

    The couple claims that Austin lied about getting a permit for a septic tank on a property he sold them in Washington County in Arkansas in June 2018. According to the court documents obtained by In Touch, they "began noticing that their yard was saturated on the driest of days and that an unmistakable foul odor of human waste emanated from their yard."

    Is this the right time to say, "Holy crap!" Because it feels like it is. The plaintiffs then reportedly hired a local septic installer to investigate the issue, who informed them the "land was unsuitable for the septic system that was installed." The fix would be a whole new system, to the tune of more than $20,000.

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  • The couple allegedly attempted to "rescind the purchase of the house" due to fraud on Austin's part.

    According to their claim, the county requires all homes sold with a septic tank to have a certificate or permit from the Health Department, and Austin allegedly lied about having the proper permits. Based on that, they attempted to "rescind the purchase of the house due to the signed fraudulent statements of the Defendant during the sale."

    They also say that they tried to contact Austin "to no avail," before filing a lawsuit. They're seeking to either rescind the purchase, "or, in the alternative, for damages suffered, for punitive damages, costs, attorney's fees, and all other relief this Court deems necessary."

  • Austin reportedly responded to the summons on November 19, denying any wrongdoing. 

    According to the Counting On star, he was "not required to obtain a permit," and he never "falsely stated that all necessary permits were obtained for the work done on the home and that it was done according to code."

    The government website for Washington County states that the ordinance requiring permits for septic tanks on all properties sold "applies only to property in the unincorporated areas" of the county. We can't imagine that Austin wouldn't be aware of the regulations required on his projects, considering that he flips houses for a living. 

  • Talk about a rough month for the couple, who should have been welcoming a new daughter, not dealing with a lawsuit.

    Joy-Anna and Austin lost their daughter, Annabell Elise, over the summer at 20 weeks gestation. Joy was due in November, along with sisters-in-law Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar, Anna Duggar, and Lauren (Swanson) Duggar, all of whom had girls, too.

    We really hope this gets resolved quickly for Joy and Austin, and that he wasn't in the wrong. If he was, hopefully it was an honest mistake, and they'll rectify the situation. Because everyone makes mistakes -- it's how you handle them that's important.