Warner Bros. wins jury verdict in trial over Eastwood film

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Warner Bros. wins jury verdict in trial over Eastwood film

Tue Aug 03, 2010 @ 12:12AM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Studios have been coming up short in jury trials lately, so it's worth mentioning a Warner Bros. victory in a recent trial over injuries sustained by a diver on the set of Clint Eastwood's 2006 drama "Flags of Our Fathers."

James Chizmar Jr. sued the studio and Eastwood's Malpaso production company seeking more than $10 million in damages from injuries suffered during the 2005 shoot of the World War II epic. On Friday, after a four-week jury trial, a Norwalk, Calif, jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the studio (Eastwood's company was previously dismissed), finding that the Warners followed safe practices and was not negligent. 

The studio was repped by a team at Kirkland & Ellis led by Walter Lancaster. 

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