Jury rules against man suing 'Sopranos' creator

Federal jurors on Wednesday ruled against a New Jersey man who says he helped ?The Sopranos? creator David Chase develop ideas for the HBO show.

Robert Baer, a former judge, sued Chase claiming his services helped in the creation and development of the mob drama. Baer claimed he arranged meetings with police and prosecutors during a three-day tour of New Jersey mob sites in 1995 and engaged in subsequent conversations that sparked ideas for the show.

The jury decided Chase doesn?t owe Baer any monetary compensation but that Baer did have reasonable expectation for compensation, though not in the form of money.

Both men testified that Baer turned down compensation from Chase three times. However, Baer claimed Chase agreed to ?take care of him? if the show was a hit.

The verdict came after less than two hours of deliberations on the fifth day of the trial. Baer called the verdict a partial victory.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.

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