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Judge Orders Utah To Pay $475K Legal Fees In 'Deadpool' Case

'Deadpool's' leading actor Ryan Reynolds got involved in bar fundraiser to fight the state of Utah.
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'Deadpool's' leading actor Ryan Reynolds got involved in bar fundraiser to fight the state of Utah.

A judge is ordering the state of Utah to pay $475,000 in legal fees after it lost a court fight over a law that banned serving alcohol during the superhero film "Deadpool."

Judge David Nuffer handed down a strongly worded decision Wednesday denying the state efforts to reduce the bill. He wrote the "political judgment" of behind passing the law was a "legitimate choice, but it has consequences."

Movie theater Brewvies sued after Utah regulators threatened to fine them up to $25,000 under a law largely aimed at strip clubs that also prohibits serving booze during films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity.

Nuffer struck down the rule as a violation of free speech.

An online fundraiser that attracted "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds brought in a total of about $22,000.