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NJ judge: 'Jersey Shore' lawsuit to proceed

May 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A judge in New Jersey has agreed to hear a lawsuit that claims producers of MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore" engaged in a "criminal enterprise" by profiting from showing fights that cast members deliberately provoked. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages on behalf of three people involved in drunken fights with cast member Ronnie Magro.

Last Friday, Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster denied a motion to dismiss the claim that the defendants' conduct violated a racketeering statute in New Jersey.

The lawsuit was filed in March by attorney Eugene LaVergne.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.