Saturday, March 21, 2009

New York Case No. 2A: Driver's Ed Complaint

In his complaint, Michael Psenicska, a high school mathematics teacher and driving school instructor, alleged that he was tricked into agreeing to the use of his image in a largely unscripted scene in which the plaintiff attempts to give Borat a driving lesson, with hilarious—although obnoxious -- results.

Unlike Lemerond, Psenicska did not demand injunctive relief to prevent further distribution of the film, or claim humiliation. Instead, he claimed that the paltry $500 paid to him pursuant to his contract with the defendants was insufficient because he had been “set up.” Psenicska claimed $100,000 in damages. The basis of his lawsuit was his allegation that he was fraudulently induced to sign the contract after defendants misrepresented to him that he would be participating in a legitimate documentary about “the integration of foreign people into the American way of life.”

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