Romanian Villagers Give Up Fight Against 'Borat' Producers

« Will Lindsay Lohan Protect Celebrities Everywhere? | Main | Wikipedia Publisher Seeks Dismissal of First 'Wikilibel' Suit »

Romanian Villagers Give Up Fight Against 'Borat' Producers

Thu May 08, 2008 @ 05:49PM PST

Posted by Matthew Heller

BoratJoining a lengthening list of unsuccessful "Borat" plaintiffs, two Romanians have voluntarily dismissed their discrimination and fraud case against the makers of Fox's much-litigated mockumentary.

Nicolae Todorache and Spiridom Ciorebea, depicted in the film's opening scenes in a Romanian village (substituting for Kazakhstan), filed one of the earliest "Borat" suits, but did little to pursue their case before entering a voluntary dismissal last month. Perhaps they saw the writing on the wall after a judge in California shot down claims by fraternity brothers depicted in the film and another judge in New York dismissed the claims of a pedestrian who was accosted by the title character.

For those keeping score, the following "Borat" plaintiffs are still in litigation:

  • Etiquette teachers Kathie Martin and Cindy Streit (refiled in New York after Alabama courts denied jurisdiction).
  • Driving instructor Michael Psenicska (facing a motion to dismiss in New York).
  • Pentecostal worshipper Ellen Johnston (conducting discovery in Mississippi).

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Romanian Villagers Give Up Fight Against 'Borat' Producers:

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.