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Poisoned Guardsman to Get $75M From KBR

By MATT TOOMB Wednesday, May 01, 2013 via Courthouse News Service (CN) – KBR owes $75 million to a dozen Oregon national guardsmen who were poisoned with hexavalent chromium while stationed in Iraq, a federal magistrate ruled. All together, 39 guardsmen had sued over their exposure to sodium dichromate and subsequent hexavalent chromium poisoning while stationed [...]

May 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog,KBR Lawsuits,News Coverage,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Rulings,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

KBR verdict: Judge affirms $81 million of damages awarded to 12 Oregon soldiers for toxic exposure in Iraq

By Joany Carlin, The Oregonian on April 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM, updated April 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM A federal judge in Portland Friday affirmed $75 million in punitive damages a jury awarded to 12 Oregon National Guard veterans last fall in a case against government contractor KBR, Inc. for its conduct in Iraq a decade ago. [...]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Burn Pit Blog,Burn Pits News,KBR Lawsuits,News Coverage,Oregon,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Live,Oregon Rulings,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update,Qarmat Ali News | Read More »

Still Awaiting Judge Papak’s Ruling in Oregon, Fifth Circuit Appeal Response Filed

On February 27, 2013, a hearing took place in Oregon with our request that Judge Papak enter a binding final judgment finding KBR at fault and awarding damages consistent with the jury’s $85 million verdict. KBR’s competing motions to continue to avoid the verdict and any responsibility were also heard. We are still awaiting Judge [...]

April 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog,KBR Lawsuits,Oregon,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Rulings,Qarmat Ali Case Update,Qarmat Ali News | Read More »

Judge denies KBR’s request for sanctions against soldiers’ lawyers

By Mike Francis, The Oregonian on March 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM, updated March 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM. A federal judge Monday sided with lawyers for a set of Oregon National Guard soldiers and veterans, saying their lead lawyer didn’t violate the court’s gag order when he provided a testimonial for a jury consultant’s DVD. The [...]

March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog,Burn Pit Blog,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Live,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

Jury has spoken in KBR case, but that’s not the final word

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By Mike Francis, The Oregonian on March 02, 2013 at 11:59 AM, updated March 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM While a jury in Portland in November awarded $85 million in damages to 12 Oregon soldiers and veterans who sued defense contractor KBR Inc., the case is far from over. Until the judge enters a formal judgment, many things could [...]

March 4th, 2013 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,Oregon,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Live,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update,Qarmat Ali News | Read More »

KBR Secret Indemnity Agreement Signed By Army Chief Tainted In Enron Scandal

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Army Secretary Thomas E. White signed an agreement giving legal indemnity to KBR in 2003. (AFP PHOTO by Luke Frazza) Ryan J. Reilly ryan.reilly@huffingtonpost.com WASHINGTON — The Army official who signed a secret agreement that military contractor KBR claims should burden taxpayers with the bill for the company’s negligent poisoning of U.S. soldiers in Iraq resigned [...]

January 24th, 2013 | Posted in Huffington Post,KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Federal Court,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill

Ryan J. Reilly for Huffington Post Posted: 01/09/2013 9:37 am EST WASHINGTON — Sodium dichromate is an orange-yellowish substance containing hexavalent chromium, an anti-corrosion chemical. To Lt. Col. James Gentry of the Indiana National Guard, who was stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment center in Iraq just after the 2003 U.S. invasion, it was “just [...]

January 9th, 2013 | Posted in Blog,Huffington Post,KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Federal Court,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

Post KBR Trial and Verdict Update

After several weeks of an informal, partial gag order entered at the request of KBR shortly before the verdict was delivered, we are now able to comment more fully on the verdict, the full facts of the case, and other developments in the fight for the Qarmat Ali veterans.  As was widely reported, on November [...]

January 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Governmental Affairs,KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Lawsuits,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update,Sodium Dichromate & Hexavalent Chromium | Read More »

Classy Action: KBR Disagreed with an $85 Million Judgment Against Them, So They Accused Jurors of Misconduct

By Craig Malisow Thu., Dec. 27 2012 at 1:00 PM After KBR was ordered in November to pay $85 millionto a dozen Oregon National Guard soldiers who wereexposed to a toxic chemical while providing security for contractors in Iraq in 2003, we figured there’d be some foot-stomping and an immediate appeal. We didn’t think KBR would have [...]

January 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Houston Press,KBR Lawsuits,News Coverage,Oregon Rulings,Qarmat Ali Blog | Read More »

Jurors say it didn’t take long to determine KBR was negligent

Monday, November 05, 2012, 2:40 PM Mike Francis, The Oregonian KBR Inc. knew a hazardous chemical was present at an Iraqi water treatment plant even before arriving there, said one of the jurors who on Friday awarded $85 million in damages to 12 Oregon soldiers. But the defense contractor allowed soldiers and employees to work there [...]

January 2nd, 2013 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,Local Newspapers,News Coverage,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Live,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali News,Sodium Dichromate & Hexavalent Chromium | Read More »

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