Joe Francis Represents Himself in Federal ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Court Case — And Wins!

By: Amanda Hasaka / April 7, 2011

Joe Francis has had several legal victories throughout the years, but this time the victory is particularly sweet. Joe represented himself in a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against his popular Girls Gone Wild franchise — and won!

The trial, which lasted eight days, was held in Panama City, Florida. Four plaintiffs had filed suit against Francis, claiming that since they appeared on GGW their lives had taken a turn for the worse, and they suffered from bouts of depression, drug abuse, suicide attempts, loss of friends, strained relationships with family and were unable to stay in school or hold down a steady job.

In a statement, Joe said:

“I am relieved that I have finally been vindicated from these slanderous, disgusting, and now proven false allegations in a federal court by a jury of eight respectful, conservative women. My legal team did an outstanding job and Girls Gone Wild will continue to take strident measures to avoid facing these false allegations ever again. On behalf of myself and my corporations I would like to thank the jurors and the people of Panama City for their continued support.”

This case’s positive outcome happened to come at the same Panama City, FL courthouse where he was previously sent to jail by a judge for eleven and a half months after refusing to settle a civil lawsuit brought against him.