HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07: (EDITORS NOTE: NO ONLINE, NO INTERNET, EMBARGOED FROM INTERNET AND TELEVISION USAGE UNTIL THE CONCLUSION OF THE LIVE OSCARS TELECAST) Director Kathryn Bigelow, winner of Best Director award for "The Hurt Locker," poses in the press room at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kathryn Bigelow
U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh's ruling published Friday shifts the case from New Jersey to California. The judge denied the defendants' motion to dismiss the suit.
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.