- Associated Press - Friday, November 19, 2010

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Iraq war veteran can sue the makers of the Academy Award-winning film “The Hurt Locker” in California, not New Jersey.

U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh’s ruling published Friday also denies the defendants’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was brought last spring by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, an Army bomb disposal expert. Sarver claims the film’s lead character is based on him and that he was given no credit or compensation.

Screenwriter Mark Boal wrote about Sarver in an article published in Playboy magazine in 2005. Boal has said the film was a work of fiction.

Among the defendants in the suit are Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow.

“The Hurt Locker” won six Oscars in 2010, including best picture and best original screenplay.

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