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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 »

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 »

Government says KBR failed to make valid claim, asks judge to dismiss contractor’s case

By Mike Francis, The Oregonian on March 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM, updated March 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM KBR Inc. is responsible for its own costs for defending itself in lawsuits brought by military veterans, including Oregon National Guard soldiers, lawyers for the federal government argued in federal court Monday. They have asked the judge to [...]

March 18th, 2013 | Posted in Burn Pit Blog,News Coverage,Oregon Live,Qamat Ali Overview,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 asks federal judge to reverse jury verdict, reduce damages or order new trial

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By Mike Francis, The Oregonian on February 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM, updated February 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM The federal judge presiding over the case brought by a set of Oregon soldiers and veterans against defense contractor KBR Inc. should overrule the jury’s verdict against the company, reduce the damages awarded to the soldiers, or order a [...]

February 26th, 2013 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,Michael Patrick Doyle,Oregon Live,Qarmat Ali News,Sodium Dichromate & Hexavalent Chromium | Read More »

Army secretary who signed KBR indemnification had clashed with Rumsfeld

By Mike Francis, The Oregonian on January 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM, updated January 24, 2013 at 8:59 AM The former secretary also was a big shareholder in Enron, but had to sell his shares when taking his job. Those sales came under suspicion when the company foundered, but he was not charged with any misdeed. However, [...]

January 29th, 2013 | Posted in Governmental Affairs,KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Live,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update,Qarmat Ali News | Read More »

A Q&A with KBR’s vice president for litigation, Mark Lowes

By Mike Francis, The Oregonian on January 05, 2013 at 4:01 PM, updated January 05, 2013 at 11:24 PM When a federal jury in November awarded $85 million to 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers and veterans who sued defense contractorKBR Inc. in court in Portland, it marked a first step in what is sure to prove a [...]

January 7th, 2013 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Live,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

No more secret contractor indemnifications under new Defense authorization

Published: Friday, December 21, 2012, 3:02 PM By Mike Francis, The Oregonian The final Defense Authorization approved today by Congress includes an amendment that will prevent secret contractor indemnifications like the one the Army Corps of Engineers granted to KBR Inc. at the outset of the war against Iraq. The amendment barring such secret arrangements was sponsored [...]

January 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Governmental Affairs,KBR Lawsuits,Local Newspapers,Oregon Live,Proposed Legislation,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | 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 »

Judge in KBR case rejects challenges to three expert witnesses

Three expert witnesses called by Oregon National Guard soldiers and by defense contractor KBR Inc. will be allowed to testify when the soldiers’ case against KBR comes to trial, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak said Friday that testimony from dueling experts on wind-dispersion patterns and KBR’s expert microbiologist will be permitted. [...]

August 20th, 2012 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,News Coverage,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Lawsuits,Oregon Live,Oregon Rulings,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update,Sodium Dichromate & Hexavalent Chromium | Read More »

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