Judge Scraps Army Vet's 'Hurt Locker' Suit

Law360, New York (October 13, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday struck down a U.S. Army veteran’s suit claiming Summit Entertainment LLC and others unfairly turned his life into “The Hurt Locker,” ruling the Oscar-winning film was in the public interest and protected under the First Amendment.

In striking Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver’s complaint in its entirety, U.S. District Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen said “The Hurt Locker” was covered under the “transformative use” defense, which protected a work in which creative contributions fictionalized the portrayal of people or events.

“Even assuming...
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Case Information

Case Title

Jeffrey S. Sarver v. The Hurt Locker LLC et al

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit

P.I.: Other


Jacqueline H. Nguyen

Date Filed

November 23, 2010

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