The latest news in the world of Borat-related litigation:
A judge on Monday told lawyers who filed a $30 million lawsuit accusing the makers of the hit movie “Borat” of misleading residents of a remote Romanian village that they must make specific allegations in their lawsuit if they want it to have a chance at success.
The lawyers said they would refile the lawsuit, which alleged the residents were duped into participating into what they thought was a documentary that would benefit them rather than the comedy hit “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska reminded the lawyers that the lawsuit would have to have specific enough facts alleging the villagers were misled before she could order defendants to turn over documents that might help the villagers build their case.
Judge Preska, by the way, is a super-stylish judicial hottie. Perhaps the defendants will refuse to settle the case, insisting on going to trial, just so Borat can have a little “sexytime” in her courtroom.
Update: We completely agree with this comment, by TJ. Every “hip” Civil Procedure professor in the country is going to use a “Borat” hypothetical for his or her final exam.
NYC Judge Questions Villagers’ ‘Borat’ Lawsuit [Associated Press]
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