It’s been widely reported that Sacha Baron Cohen and his production company won a forum selection clause motion in Alabama yesterday. As a result, etiquette teacher Kathie Martin, who was embarrassed in Borat, will have to sue in New York. I’d imagine that the case suddenly has significantly less settlement value, even assuming that she pursues it up North.
I wish I could tell you more about the lawsuit, but I can’t find the opinion online. The Alabama Supreme Court website charges a ridiculous, Bar-protecting, $200 a year for access to its opinions. But for first-year contracts students who are now taking civil procedure, the case is a good example of why the former class is much, much more important than the latter.