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Injury Lawsuit May Push 'Jersey Shore' Off The Air

If a lawsuit against MTV parent company Viacom claiming damages for assault and racketeering prevails, the raunchy and popular reality television show "Jersey Shore" may have to end production, according to the New York Daily News.

In other words, the rude and crude behavior of its eight, larger-than-life cast members that made the show so popular may also be its demise. In fact, their antics make me wonder if New York personal injury lawyers enjoy watching the show to see how many legally actionable offenses they can spot in each episode.

A woman identified in court documents as "J.P." claims she received a gaping wound on her chin after four security guards allegedly threw her to the ground. She claims cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi instigated a heated argument with her while filming the show.

J.P. filed suit against Viacom and the cast members for assault and racketeering, claiming the companies involved with the show are profiting from the alleged criminal behavior of the castmembers.

True to form, cast member Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola reportedly refused service of the civil complaint against her and left the papers on the sidewalk. It doesn't mean the lawsuit doesn't exist, though, and she'll want to call a lawyer if she hopes to defend against the charges.

The plaintiff's attorney, Eugene Lavergne, told the Daily Record that the show could be pulled from the air if his client wins her suit.

Three other New Jersey residents have injury lawsuits pending against MTV and the show's producers for other alleged assaults by cast members. An Illinois woman filed a federal suit against the companies and cast members, claiming she was assaulted by one of the show's stars in a Miami nightclub.

Something tells me that even if "Jersey Shore" ends production, its stars will continue to make the headlines.

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