It’s a litigious day in the world of horror. We just reported on an epic $900M lawsuit being filed against producers of The Conjuring franchise based on purported copyright infringement. Now, we’re hearing about another high-stakes court-battle brewing; the mother of John Bernecker, the stuntman who died after a fall on the set of The Walking Dead, is suing the producers for the death of her son. Susan Bernecker has hired lawyer Jeffrey R. Harris to bring the suit against AMC.
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Harris won $11.2M for the family of a PA who was struck by a train during the filming of Midnight Rider; that case became a rallying cry for improved safety conditions of film sets across the country and around the world.
Harris represented the parents of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was struck by a train and killed on the set of “Midnight Rider” in 2014. In July, a jury awarded Richard and Elizabeth Jones $11.2 million.
Bernecker, 33, was an experienced stuntman with a long list of major credits to his name. According to a sheriff’s report, Bernecker was shooting a scene in which he was supposed to fall from a balcony. But he failed to get clean separation from the balcony and seemed to try to abort the fall, the report stated. He then fell backward onto the concrete, landing on his head and neck.
This isn’t the only lawsuit weighing on AMC and the producers of The Walking Dead; comic creator Robert Kirkman is currently suing the production company, claiming they have been diverting royalties meant for him and the rest of his creative team. All of this as the series enters the “All-Out War” phase of its story arch, returning to airways on October 22nd.
We’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned.
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