Lawsuit Against Oscar-Winning Film ‘The Hurt Locker’ Dismissed

Oct 17, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
A lawsuit against the award-winning film "The Hurt Locker" was recently dismissed by a federal judge.

The lawsuit filed by an Iraq war veteran against the Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker” was recently dismissed by a federal judge, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reported that U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Nguyen’s ruling ended Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver’s case, which alleged the film’s screenwriter Mark Boal based the movie on Sarver and depicted him in a false light, which, according to Sarver, caused ridicule from his fellow service members.

The Iraq war veteran contended that the film was a depiction of his experiences as a bomb disposal expert. Boal was embedded in Sarver’s unit in 2004 and wrote about Sarver and other bomb disposal experts in an article for Playboy magazine called “The Man in the Bomb Suit,” according to the AP.

According to the judge, Sarver was unlikely to win the case if he proceeded with the lawsuit, the source reported.

The AP reported Nguyen's decision stated, "Here, the value of 'The Hurt Locker' unquestionably derived from the creativity and skill of the writers, directors, and producers who conceived, wrote, directed, edited, and produced it."

Sarver's lawsuit was filed days before the film won an Academy Award for best picture according to the AP. The movie, which features Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie, won six Academy Awards.