Two of Chip Gaines's former Magnolia Real Estate partners are suing the Fixer Upper star and others for more than $1 million for fraud. John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark claim that Chip Gaines withheld the information that HGTV had picked up Fixer Upper, a show that prominently features the Magnolia brand name, at the same time he made them accept cheap buyouts. They were paid $2,500 each for their thirds of the company.
According to the suit, Lewis and Clark founded the company with Gaines in 2007 and operated largely out of Waco with just a single real estate agent. Since then, the company has grown substantially, employing over 93 real estate agents and operating across Texas. An attorney for Chip told the Waco Tribune that the claims are meritless.
While Chip hasn't officially acknowledged the lawsuit, he has responded in his own way, by posting a poignant bible verse on Twitter. His wife Joanna recently published a blog post urging fans to not believe everything they read. The couple took a similar high road in late 2016 when a controversy erupted over their close association with a church whose pastor is against gay marriage.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 28, 2017