Those duped Borat movie frat boys have been dealt yet another massive blow in their ongoing legal battle against the makers of the film. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman—the same judge who tossed their motion to have the scene featuring their bonehead pronouncements on women, Jews, and slavery nostalgia cut from the movie's DVD release—has now rejected their case outright, THR Esq. is reporting, in a legal decision that might affect the outcome of the scores of other victim/stars hoping to make benefit of glorious lawsuit settlement:
A Los Angeles judge has rejected the case brought by two fraternity brothers featured in 20th Century Fox's "Borat," granting the studio's request to strike the complaint under California's law protecting speech based on matters of public concern, according to one of the judge's clerks. [...]
[The plaintiffs' attorney Olivier] Taillieu would not elaborate on the decision but said that his clients will appeal.
Taillieu is also representing plaintiffs in two other cases filed on behalf of participants in "Borat." He said if the Fox motion to strike is granted he would "probably hold any new cases" from being filed. [...]
Since its release on Nov. 3, five separate litigations have been filed around the country by people featured in the film.
If this ruling does mark the beginning of the end for Borat lawsuitmania, it's hardly the end of the line for Sacha Baron Cohen's vengeful marks, who still have several unexplored options for capitalizing on their unwanted fame—not least among them pitching themselves to corporate sister property Fox Reality as stars of their own reality show, with the irresistible first season of Frat Boy Plantation evenutally winding its way up America's TiVo queues and into its hearts.