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‘American Hustle’ Can’t Slip $1M Suit Over Microwave Scene

Law360, Los Angeles (April 1, 2015, 8:12 PM EDT) -- A California judge refused Wednesday to let the producers of “American Hustle” out of a scientist’s $1 million defamation suit over a line in which Jennifer Lawrence's character attributes inaccurate claims about microwave ovens to the scientist, rejecting arguments that her character was clearly unhinged and unreliable.

In a hearing on Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green snubbed claims by the moviemakers’ attorney Louis P. Petrich of Leopold Petrich & Smith PC that the lawsuit chills the producers’ free speech under California’s anti-SLAPP...
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