1st Amendment Saves 'Hurt Locker' In Publicity Row: 9th Circ.

By Kevin Penton (February 17, 2016, 8:11 PM EST) -- The relief sought in a publicity rights suit filed by an Army sergeant who claims the makers of the film "The Hurt Locker" misappropriated his life story would violate the First Amendment, a Ninth Circuit panel concluded on Wednesday.

While the life of Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver has proven to be of public interest, the appellate court disagreed with the sergeant and found that California's anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation statute — which is meant to allow for the early dismissal of cases that make allegations that would violate the First Amendment — is applicable to the case because he sought...

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