Ravi Batra can proceed with a $15 million libel suit against the creators of "Law & Order" over an episode depicting a "bald Indian-American" lawyer who bribes a judge, a New York court has ruled. In what she deemed the first "libel-in-fiction" claim to survive a summary motion in nearly 25 years, Acting Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Shafer held that viewers "would identify" a fictional lawyer character dubbed "Ravi Patel" with Batra "because of the uniqueness of [Batra's] name, ethnicity and appearance."
Attorney's $15 Million Libel Lawsuit Against 'Law & Order' Creators, NBC Goes Forward
New York Law Journal
March 20, 2008