"The Wedding Bride" (in Season 5, Episode 23 of How I Met Your Mother) is a movie about Ted being left at his wedding. Why didn't Marshal come up with the idea of sueing the maker of the movie (who is also the lover of the woman who left him)? Marshal is a lawyer so he should know that this movie is copied from Ted's life. In Germany, where I live this would be no problem.

Appendix: In Season 9, Episode 19 Marshal, Lily and Robin are watching "The Wedding Bride Too" (second movie) and as Marshal is seeing an imitation of himself he says he would sue everybody who has to do with this movie (although he is not really serious about it)

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Marshall was an environmental lawyer, and while he had stints in corporate law, creative license laws wouldn't have been his area of expertise. (You can read his character's bio here.) And even if Ted had easy access to the right kind of lawyer, and it actually occurred to him that the movie was a suit-worthy offense (that wouldn't just end up being an expensive hassle), it would be incredibly difficult to prove that a movie like "The Wedding Bride," which claims to be entirely fictitious, is actually libel. Not impossible, but definitely difficult to the point that it likely wouldn't have been worth it to sue. This conversation on TV Tropes does a pretty good job of discussing this and other reasons why Ted wouldn't want to sue (though honestly it may not even have seriously occurred to him as a viable option).

Some good quotes from the conversation include:

While there was obvious "Ted Mosby" influence in the movie's villain...

I hate to do it, but I've got to cite Unreliable Narrator here. Ted was listening for Ted Mosby, so he heard it. I really do doubt the actors would say Ted Mosby without asking some questions, and no one else heard it. It makes a lot more sense.

That isn't to say that the villain wasn't based on Ted Mosby - he definitely was - but Ted is likely blowing it out of proportion. So it's hard to say whether the resemblance was big enough that Ted could be reasonably sure he'd win a court case. At least, sure enough to shell out the money and go through all the public exposure that would come out of it:

...he'd be putting himself out there in public, claiming that the A-Hole in the movie was based on him, and demanding royalties for a movie he didn't make. Ted wouldn't want to endure that sort of negative exposure. Who would?

Suing over the movie may just bring bigger attention to the issue and have more people - many of them complete strangers - associate him with the character and the movie than just his closest friends who already know Ted's history with Stella and her ex-ex-husband.

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    I kind of agree with this answer.I mean the story was not based on Ted's life. If it were really based on Ted's life, than he would be the hero and story would be tragic love story.Whereas the story was different. So technically he cannot sue the guy as it was not Ted(Smart, funny and caring) in the movie but it is Ned(a made up character who is rude, selfish and disrespectful).Neither the female lead and the ex-husband had anything in common in terms of behavior. The only thing that was similar was the event (being left at the alter) in the movie which also took place in the real life.
    – User56756
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 4:33
  • Well... no. It's obviously not a biopic of Ted, but Jed Mosely was clearly based on him (and the whole story was based around the Tony/Ted/Stella incident - the hero was clearly meant to be Tony, and the heroine Stella). While you, the viewer, may have a high opinion of Ted - cause you're seeing the show from his and his friends' perspectives - that doesn't mean that somebody who sees Ted as "that guy who tried to steal my (ex) wife" is going to see him as some charming, caring, wonderful guy. The whole point is that this movie portrays him in a different light than HIMYM does as a whole.
    – ghostdog
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 19:17

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