Unanimous verdict finds studio not to blame
Warner Bros. has prevailed in a jury trial over a lawsuit stemming from injuries suffered by a diver on the set of Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers.”The panel in Norwalk, Calif., returned a unanimous verdict Friday in favor of Warners, finding that the studio was not to blame for injuries sustained by water safety diver James Chizmar Jr. during filming in 2005. The jury, which reached the verdict after a four-week trial, found that Warner Bros. followed appropriate safe practices, was not negligent, and that the plaintiff bore sole responsibility for his injuries. Eastwood’s production banner Malpaso had been dismissed from the case previously at the end of the plaintiff’s case. Chizmar asserted that he had suffered a knee injury that prevented him from diving. He had sought over $10 million in damages.