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Jake Paul Legal Battle Over Prank That Allegedly Harmed Man Dismissed

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By Ryan Naumann

Jake Paul can breathe a little easier, with a lawsuit over one of his pranks being dismissed.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Ellis Barbacoff has informed the court he is dismissing all claims against the YouTube star.

Back in 2017, Barbacoff sued Paul and his production company for unspecified damages. He accused the prankster of blaring a train horn at him during a prank that caused “sustained shock and injuries” and left him with “pain and suffering.”

Paul demanded the lawsuit be thrown out claiming he didn’t mean to cause any injuries.

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Paul said he did not intent to hurt Barbacoff and it was only meant as “a harmless prank.” Paul’s lawyers argued the prank was done by “youthful defendants” who “thought honking a loud horn to get a reaction from people would be funny, but in no way did they intend to cause anyone injury.”

They even compared the prank to shows like “Candid Camera” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”.

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During the case, the YouTube star’s first lawyers, from the famed firm Loeb & Loeb, requested to drop Paul as a client.

They claimed dealing with Paul was an arduous process and led to an "irreconcilable breakdown" in the relationship.

The firm said Paul had "refused to cooperate with Loeb in the defense of this action," adding that he also "refused to make payments to the firm for their legal services in connection with the case."

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