Utah Must Cover 475K in Legal Fees After Losing Deadpool Case

first_imgStay on target If you mess with Deadpool, you get the horns.Or, in this case, a massive fine.A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Utah to pay nearly half a million dollars in legal fees after losing a court case involving a movie theater that served alcohol during screenings of the 2016 superhero flick.At the time, it was a violation of state law to offer booze during movies that include full-frontal nudity and simulated sex. (Because, according to the predominantly Mormon state, alcohol and intercourse make for an “explosive combination.”)The law, however, was so vague “it would apply to Michelangelo’s ‘David,’” former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson argued, as reported by the Associated Press.Still, simply fulfilling its civic duty, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control threatened to tax Brewvies Cinema Pub up to $25,000 following screenings of the R-rated X-Men spinoff.Authorities were allegedly concerned about a suggestive end-credits scene involving a cartoon unicorn. (A scene most audiences probably wouldn’t have even stuck around to watch.)So, the theater—previously fined for showing other racy features like Magic Mike XXL—sued the conservative state, and won.In 2017, U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer found that the law was in violation of the First Amendment (freedom of drunken speech?) and should be dismissed.Now, more than a year later, Nuffer ruled that Brewvies shouldn’t have to pay legal fees for the case; instead, the state must reimburse $474,455.22 to the cinema’s legal team.“The political judgment of the state that it will enact a statute contrary to existing law and risk payment of legal fees is a legitimate choice, but it has consequences,” Nuffer wrote in his judgment, as reported by the Associated Press.According to the Salt Lake Tribune, most of the money will be donated to the DKT Liberty Project in Washington, D.C., which helped with the suit.Neither Brewvies or the Utah Attorney General immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.Utah is one of 17 alcoholic beverage control territories that have state monopoly over the wholesaling or retailing of beer, wine, and distilled spirits.Last month, the Deadpool and Friends’ Believe in Your Selfie Museum popped up in New York City, offering fans several photo ops. Check out Geek’s roundup of the weirdest and worst Deadpool fan art, as well as MovieBob’s review of Deadpool 2. And read up on all sorts of crazy lawsuits here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, GooglePresidential Hopeful Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google Over Alleged Censorship last_img

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