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‘Girls Gone Wild’ founder gets slapped… with fines

Joe Francis faces fines levied by bankruptcy judge in the wake of gambling debts and the crumbling of his racy empire

It’s no surprise that the mastermind behind the “Girls Gone Wild” (GGW) empire is a bit of a wild man himself. But after years of bad behavior – including a massive gambling problem – the company’s founder, Joe Francis, has found himself naked – financially speaking, of course.

Francis’ latest problems come not from those angry about the sexist nature of GGW or those who regret starring in the videos, but rather from a federal judge. Judge Sandra Klein kept calm enough as she ruled that Francis must pay a fine of $5,000 per day until he returns two luxury cars that belong to the GGW business, which was recently sold out of bankruptcy

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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