03/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Law And Order" Faces "Libel In Fiction" Lawsuit

In the criminal justice system of television's "Law & Order," the plots are inspired by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the television writers who craft the intricate if sometimes convoluted episodes, and the real-life characters who inspire those writers. This is one of their stories.

Ravi Batra, a Manhattan lawyer, filed a lawsuit in 2004 against Dick Wolf, the creator of the television series, arguing that the plot of a November 2003 episode included an unsavory character, Ravi Patel, who is modeled on Mr. Batra. In a decision made public on Wednesday, Justice Marilyn Shafer of State Supreme Court in Manhattan rejected a motion by Mr. Wolf's lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit.

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