Deleted Cases

Ex Parte Cohen, 988 So. 2d 508 (Ala. 2008) is perhaps unique among the many legal actions brought against the producers of the motion picture, Borat.   Most of these cases involved claims for libel, invasion of privacy, or outright fraud (duping participants into signing dubious consent forms). This one case, however, turned on the threshold issue of jurisdiction. The Alabama Supreme Court dismissed a case filed by etiquette teacher Katie Martin, whose one on one sessions with the star were interspersed with such outlandish behavior as his showing off nude photos of his son, bringing his bagged feces to the dining table, and introducing the dinner guests to a local prostitute.  The court held that the consent form she signed made clear that only courts in New York state could serve as the forum for any legal disputes.


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