The Bachelor Lawsuit: Settled!

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The 17th season of ABC's The Bachelor has ended, with Catherine Giudici and Sean Lowe engaged and (hopefully) headed for the altar later this year.

The show's lawsuit with the perennial thorn in its side has also ended, as NZK Productions and "Reality" Steve Carbone have reached a settlement.

Sean Lowe FTW!

Steve was sued before the 16th season, starring Ben Flajnik, but that too was settled. But then he posted spoilers for each of the past two seasons.

As a result, Steve was charged with breaching the settlement agreement, and responded with anti-SLAPP motion, asserting 1st Amendment protection.

His court papers detailed the deal that made the first lawsuit go away.

For five years from the time of the 2012 agreement, Steve was not to contact directly or indirectly any cast members, crew or employees of The Bachelor.

But the agreement didn't explicitly bar him from being contacted by the cast, crew or employees, so long as he refrained from offering "financial incentives."

Carbone hasn't publicly revealed who gives him The Bachelor and The Bachelorette spoilers, and clearly no one has been able to ID and silence the mole.

In any case, the terms of the latest settlement have not been revealed, and Reality Steve says only that "the lawsuit has been amicably resolved."

Incidentally, Carbone has already "confirmed" 13 of the 25 guys appearing on the coming season of The Bachelorette, starring Desiree Hartsock.

If the spoilers keep-a-comin' as always, you can bet that Steve has effective toed the legal line again ... and that his sources have serious brass.

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The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]