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ER patients sue over documentary

(Posted July 27, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two Florida men are suing the producers of the reality TV series “Trauma: Life in the E.R.,” saying their privacy rights were violated when they were filmed while being treated for injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

Plaintiffs Jack Dosch and Angel Marrero say they were commercially exploited when they were most vulnerable during their treatment at Orlando Regional Medical Center’s emergency room in 2002. They want the federal suit turned into a class-action.

The suit, filed Wednesday, is against the producers, NYT Television, which is owned by The New York Times Co.; The Learning Channel and its owner, Discovery Communications; and the hospital’s parent company.

Hospital spokesman Joe Brown also said that every Orlando Regional patient who was taped only appeared in the series after signing consent forms.

Source: MSNBC

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