Rather that a classic organized crime RICO prosecution, suit was brought against the producers of Jersey Shore under New Jersey’s Civil Racketeering Statute. That’s a situation!
From the AP:
A judge in New Jersey has agreed to hear a lawsuit that claims producers of MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore” engaged in a “criminal enterprise” by profiting from showing fights that cast members deliberately provoked.
Attorney Eugene LaVergne of Long Branch said Monday that he filed the suit in March. It seeks unspecified monetary damages on behalf of three clients involved in drunken fights with cast member Ronnie Magro.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Joseph L. Foster denied a motion to dismiss the claim that the defendants’ conduct violated New Jersey’s racketeering statute.
Oh Jersey Shore. You satiate my reality TV addiction, my need to laugh at my former home of Staten Island, and my law fix. Is there anything you can’t do?