Judge tosses Iraq vet's lawsuit over 'Hurt Locker'

The Associated Press, Thursday, October 13, 2011, 9:12am (PDT)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a case filed by an Iraq war veteran who claimed "The Hurt Locker" was based on his experiences as a bomb disposal expert.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Nguyen ends Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver's case against the producers of the Oscar-winning film, its screenwriter and Director Kathryn Bigelow.

Sarver sued over the film days before it went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards in 2010. He claimed screenwriter Mark Boal based the film on him. Boal had written about Sarver and other bomb disposal experts in an article for Playboy magazine.

Boal and the producers denied the claims and sought dismissal of the case.

A call to Sarver's attorney, Todd Weglarz, was not immediately returned.

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