Alabama Supreme Court Grants Borat Mandamus

The Alabama Supreme Court, in an opinion released on January 18th, granted the defendants’ petition for relief from a trial court ruling that a contract could not be enforced due to Alabama’s door-closing statute. The Plaintiff had sought to avoid the operation of a forum-selection clause contained in the consent agreement she signed before appearing in the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Kazakhstan. The Court held that the interstate purpose of the transaction prevented the operation of the door-closing statute, and vacated the trial court’s order.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Sacha Baron Cohen and other defendants were represented by Banks Sewell, William Brooks, Terry McCarthy and Gray Borden of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC.

For more information on the Borat case, visit LF&W’s appellate blog, Alabama Appellate Watch.