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A&E settles lawsuit over Bristol Palin reality show

California federal judge dismisses case after months of courtroom battles


A&E execs have settled a lawsuit with former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Kyle Massey over Bristol Palin's reality show "Life's a Tripp."

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After months of courtroom battles, the former Disney Channel star has settled a lawsuit that claimed he and his brother Christopher created the original premise for Palin's series, which eventually turned into her Lifetime show, "Life's a Tripp."

Filed in June, Massey says in the suit that he met Palin when they were both contestants on "Dancing With the Stars" and developed the idea for a show, called "Helping Hands," in which the brothers help Palin meet the challenges of child rearing while adjusting to life in Los Angeles. Massey attested a producer illegally cut them out of the show, and demanded monetary compensation in the suit. And now the battle is over, as The Hollywood Reporter reports that Massey and A&E bosses reached a conclusion on Friday, and a California federal judge dismissed the case. The details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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