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1st Circuit: Defamation suit restored against sugar documentary

On Nov. 23, 2011, the 1st Circuit called for further proceedings in Felipe Vicini Lluberes and Juan Vicini Lluberes v. Uncommon Productions, LLC, et al., a dispute over the allegedly defamatory nature of the 2007 documentary “The Price of Sugar.” The film focuses on the mistreatment of laborers on sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic, and mentions the Vicini brothers—senior executives at a company that owns such plantations—by name.

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