The Van Praagh’s battles over use of their “good” name

The name synonymous with psychic [edited]. Yeah, I’d want that…

Psychic James Van Praagh battles his sis for use of the family’s good name.

Sibling psychics James Van Praagh and his sister Lynn are battling in court over who can use the family’s good name.

James Van Praagh, a former producer of the TV show “Ghost Whisperer,” claims his sister has started using her maiden named to cash in on his success, even though she took her husband’s surname, Gratton, four dacades ago.

James Van Praagh “is one of the most recognized spirutal mediums in the world,” he argues in court papers filed last week in federal court on Long Island.

But Lynn Van Praagh-Gratton claims she’s a psychic in her own rights — a “bridge between worlds” who has the “gift of communicating on the other side with those who have passed,” she claims on her website.

It’s also unclear what value the Van Praagh name still has. James’ reputation took a hit in 2008 when Barbara Walters debunked his claim she suffered from a blood disorder. Walters submitted to a blood test and announced on “The View” the result was normal.

Van Praaaaaaaagh. Can’t stand him. I don’t begrudge the one person in all our families who believe she’s psychic. I feel bad for those who mistake their excellent observational powers for supernatural ones. But I DISLIKE people who take advantage of the grieving: the celebrity psychics. They swear up, down and sideways they are gifted. Well, why not prove it to the world? No, the money is too good. Looks like that might run in the family.

  8 comments for “The Van Praagh’s battles over use of their “good” name

  1. January 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    “The suit argues Gratton’s use of the Van Praagh name will confuse and deceive the public.”

    We wouldn’t want a Van Praagh deceiving the public now, would we? o.O

  2. Chris Howard
    January 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Doesn’t she have a right to use HER name?

    Then again, the Gallo brothers, of cheap wine fame, sued their third brother for using the family name to sell his cheese.
    What’s better than wine and cheese?

    Anyhow, it would be nice if an attorney could clarify. Seems like there isn’t a case there, but I have no legal training so…

  3. Bobbi Snow
    January 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Perhaps they are BOTH psychic. It runs in families, including mine, but we were never public. Why can’t she just use her full name to claim her gifts?! He’s very good… I had two readings from him – one in the early 90s, and one in the mid 90s. Even though my life had changed dramatically, he read the changes so correctly, I couldn’t have asked for more.

    • Peter Robinson
      January 30, 2013 at 5:13 AM

      Would you be so kind as to provide some evidence of your statements?

    • January 30, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Once again, you have to do better than this. Many people BELIEVE they are psychic but there is a better explanation. BELIEF in psychics also runs in families.

    • January 30, 2013 at 6:24 AM

      Also. Van Praagh is despicable for many reasons. He preys on the grieving. If he actually has these abilities, he needs to prove it to the world. He owes humanity that. But he won’t. He’$ got it too good with people who fall for his act.

  4. Peter Robinson
    January 30, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    ‘James Van Praagh “is one of the most recognized spirutal mediums in the world,” he argues in court papers filed last week in federal court on Long Island.’

    Perhaps he can call the Long Island Kaput-o as a witness?

    Since I thought one was supposed to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth in a court of law, it would be an interesting legal issue if he was asked to provide evidence of the above statement! Methinks he should be required to do so. If he cannot then the whole case collapses since the basic premise is false.

  5. Andrew
    January 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    We should expect a settlement shortly. Afterall, one of the Van Praagh siblings has to know what the outcome of the suit. Right? See what I did there? :)

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