The Associated Press reports:
A lawsuit filed by four reality show sisters can proceed against an Arkansas city that released confidential information about their alleged sexual abuse by a brother, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar had an expectation of privacy when officials from the city of Springdale and Washington County investigated allegations that their brother Josh sexually abused them between 2002 and 2003, when they were minors.
The sisters sued the officials after the city and county released identifying information about them to InTouch Weekly, a celebrity magazine, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The court wrote that although the sisters’ names were redacted in the officials’ report, it contained “other identifying information” such as ages and addresses that the sisters had a legitimate expectation would remain private.
Josh Duggar was the president of Family Research Council Action, the hate group’s legal wing, at the time that the scandal first hit the media.
Later it was revealed that Duggar was also a member of the adultery site Ashley Madison, where he used the photo of nightclub DJ whose subsequent lawsuit was tossed by the court.
That same year porn star Danica Dillon sued Duggar for an assault she claimed took place at the strip club where she was performing. She later withdrew the suit.
Duggar has reconciled with his wife, who gave birth to their sixth child earlier this year.