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Dora The Explorer Cheated Out Of Millions???

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Caitlin Sanchez dora the explorer lawsuit

Poor niña!

You may not know Caitlin Sanchez by name but your kids or little bros/sissies know her voice as the of Dora the Explorer. Caitlin, now 14, has been voicing the iconic Nickelodeon character for the last three years, but has recently come out swinging against the company that made her famous.

Caitlin and her family are reportedly suing the studio for cheating her out of MILLIONS of dollars, claiming they were "pressured" into signing a complicated contract that kept Caitlin severely underpaid! The suit claims that Caitlin was handed a 14-page contract and given 22 minutes to review it, without nay help from a lawyer.

Then, after she signed it, she claims she was forced to promote the show for a "meager travel stipend of $40 a day," as well as being cheated out of compensation for hundreds of hours of recording.

Caitlin's lawyer, John Balestriere, isn't backing down either! He's fiercely attaching Nickelodeon and the parent companies for "unjustly enriching themselves of millions of dollars in profits from the series and branded products, which Caitlin performed and promoted."

He's got quite a case, but that still doesn't mean he'll win. With all due respect, who signs a contract without consulting a lawyer??? That just screams scam!

Hope you've learned better for next time, BB!

[Image via WENN.]

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17 comments to “Dora The Explorer Cheated Out Of Millions???”

  1. 1

    If they forced a 14 year old to sign a contract under that pressure I can't imagine it would hold up in court. Technically in the eyes of the state she is a minor. Most states dont allow minor's to enter into contracts by themselves. She absolutely should take them to court!

  2. Aph says – reply to this


    A little hungover today Perez? You're usually pretty good about spelling! Got a few errors there… :P

  3. 3

    That story doesn't ring true at all. And even assuming someone says here is your contract sign it now you just politely say I will have it back to you after my lawyer reviews it. If you choose not to speak up then you are just stupid and you don't get paid for being stupid. More then likely they thought it was a great deal until Dora took off and now they realize they could be so much richer if they had negotiated better.

  4. 4

    Doesn't sound like Caitlin and her family have much of a case. Plus she's suing the wrong company, she needs to sue the talent agent who represented her on this deal - he was the one who negotiated it on her behalf.

    She claims she was "pressured" to sign or they would find someone else. Where's the threat in that? Sounds absolutely reasonable to me. They didn't deny her a lawyer, her and her family elected to sign it on their own free will.
    Companies do this all the time and if you want a paycheck, you sign the contract while the deal is still on the table. They don't have to give a certain amount of time to accept the offer.

    Sounds like Caitlin and her family want a bigger piece of the pie now that the show is wildly successful, which is too bad they should have renegotiated a better deal once the show became successful, not after the fact.

  5. 5

    14!???!? Geez I thought 40

  6. 6

    I don't follow, how can a contract signed by a minor be legally binding in any way?! If anything, she has no contract all, because she CANNOT SIGN ONE.

  7. 7

    Seriously, Perez? You hope a FOURTEEN YEAR OLD learned her lesson!? She's not suppose to know about that kind of stuff anyway. She was ELEVEN at the time (I'm assuming…3 years ago). They did her wrong. They need to pay up!

  8. 8

    Obviously not all the info is available in this article. Honestly, it doesn't make sense. Was SHE - a 14 year old - forced to sign it or HER PARENTS? Legally, it would have to be someone over 18 to sign a contract on her own…

  9. Aph says – reply to this


    Re: Babycakes!!!

    Ummm the show has been on for a decade. I am pretty sure the show was a hit before she came on.

  10. 10

    thats fucked up… i wanna know what happens

  11. 11

    Re: giabread – it clearly states that her family i.e. her parents were involved
    get a clue

  12. 12

    What there is no body out there that can do a stupid little Mexican voice? Ken ju sey manzana?

  13. 13

    Caitlin's lawyer, John Balestriere, isn't backing down either! He's fiercely *attaching* Nickelodeon.


  14. 14

    She's been voicing Dora for 3 years, so that would make her 11 years old at the time of the contract signing. Her parents probably didn't know how these things worked and were afraid Nickelodian would start looking elsewhere if they called a lawyer. Nickelodian, undoubtedly, used pressuring tactics to get them to sign the papers.

  15. 15

    Well 22 minutes is NOT enough time to get a lawyer.

  16. Jeej says – reply to this


    I don't believe it for one second. They can't "force" anyone to sign anything. It's not like they held her at gunpoint… and they don't give a time limit of how long you have to read it. And 22 minutes? Sounds like just a random number. Who only wants to give someone 22 minutes? As for being underpaid, those types of people are severely over-paid, in my opinion, anyway. They don't deserve billions of dollars for being "entertaining". Doctors deserve that money. Firefighters deserve that money. Not whinny little liars.

  17. 17

    Yeesh, what a mess . And what happened to the updated version of Dora, as a TWEEN?
    It was slated to come out around this time…