Judge dismisses Ramapough tribe's $50M movie suit

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 1:05 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a $50 million lawsuit brought by members of the Ramapough (RAM'-uh-poh) tribe against the makers of a movie that they said depicted their people in a negative light.

The lawsuit filed in New Jersey in December claimed the writers and producers of "Out of the Furnace" made false representations about the people who live in the Ramapo Mountains along the New York-New Jersey border.

It claimed that unsavory characters in the film had last names that are common among the Ramapough and that it perpetuated negative and unfounded stereotypes.

The plaintiffs are from New Jersey, New York and Tennessee. They said the film caused them humiliation.

The Record (http://bit.ly/1oEpWPt) reports the judge recently dismissed the lawsuit.

The 2013 film starred Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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