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Millions at stake in ‘Girls Gone Wild’ case

The maker of “Girls Gone Wild” DVDs is seeking to overturn a judge’s decision that awards nearly $6 million to a St. Louis area woman who claimed her bare breasts were recorded without permission.

St. Louis Circuit Judge John Garvey awarded $5.77 million to Tamara Favazza. She was a college student in 2005 when someone — identified in court testimony as a contractor for a film company — lifted her shirt at a St. Louis bar. The image was part of the “Girls Gone Wild Sorority Orgy” DVD series.

Favazza sued Mantra Films and MRA Holdings LLC, claiming she did not give consent. A St. Louis jury sided with the DVD makers in 2010, but a retrial was granted. Garvey issued his ruling March 5.

On Wednesday, the defendants filed motions to set aside the judgment and ask for a new trial.

“Girls Gone Wild” videos and DVDs, featuring young women exposing themselves on camera, have made a fortune for founder Joe Francis. But he has been targeted with dozens of lawsuits from women who said they were upset at being filmed. Francis was originally named in Favazza’s suit but was dismissed from the case in 2009.

The Associated Press
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