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Legal Analyst Coffey: Native American Suit Over Film Will Be 'Tough'

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 06:20 PM

By Bill Hoffmann


A group of Native Americans suing the makers of the new Hollywood movie "Out of the Furnace" for allegedly making false representations about them will have a difficult time proving it, according to legal analyst Kendall Coffey.

"It's a really tough lawsuit. Can you imagine all the lawsuits that we lawyers would have filed by now if people who portray lawyers in a negative light were violating something?" Coffey told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"And the laws of defamation are much more demanding than these plaintiffs will be able to establish."

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Members of the Ramapough Mountain Indians Native American tribe in New Jersey filed a $50 million lawsuit against the writers and producers of the R-rated thriller on Monday. It accuses them of falsely portraying the people who live in the Ramapo Mountains along the New York-New Jersey border about 25 miles west of New York City.

The film, which stars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Zoe Saldana, revolves around a man searching for his war-veteran brother, who has become involved in a shady, bare-knuckle fighting ring.

"There are so many legal issues that seem to stand in the way of this group of plaintiffs [having] any success in a courtroom," Coffey said.

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