'Borat' Moviefilm Still Not Make Benefit Angry PlaintiffsThu Sep 11, 2008 @ 10:38AM PST
By Eriq Gardner
It's been awhile since we checked in with our favorite Kazakhstan TV reporter. Now comes word that the New York District Court has dismissed a lawsuit by several plaintiffs who sued the makers of "Borat" after allegedly being duped into agreeing to be in the film.
The plaintiffs in the case, including an etiquette trainer and a driver's education teacher, signed a waiver to appear in a "documentary-style...motion picture" intended "to reach a young adult audience by using entertaining content and formats." In their complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the waiver was ambiguous and that the term "documentary-style film" didn't describe "Borat."
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled that there is no ambiguity. The waiver contract language applies to the film and the plaintiffs can't claim they were fraudulent induced into signing the contract because the signed waiver explicitly disclaimed such an argument. (Obviously, "Borat" filmmakers saw the potential troubles ahead.)
Full decision after the jump: