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KBR Seeks Battlefield Immunity in Soldiers’ Toxic-Exposure Suit

By Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk September 03, 2013 KBR Inc. (KBR:US) is invoking federal laws shielding contractors during wartime to avoid a Texas trial over injuries claimed by troops who were exposed to toxic chemicals while guarding a work site in Iraq. KBR is set to argue today before a U.S. Court of Appeals [...]

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog,KBR Lawsuits,National Media,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | 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 »

‘This generation’s Agent Orange:’ New registry to tally, track burn pit illnesses among vets

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By Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor An American flag dangles from the Torres home, the sign of a long battle won: a new law — signed Thursday by President Barack Obama — creating a registry of U.S. service members perhaps sickened or killed by burn pits used throughout Iraq and Afghanistan to destroy waste ranging from batteries [...]

January 14th, 2013 | Posted in Burn Pit Blog,Burn Pits News,NBC / MSNBC,News Coverage | 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 »

KBR Ordered to Pay Troops $85 Million in Chromium Case

By Laurel Brubaker Calkins - Nov 3, 2012 12:00 PM CT KBR Inc. (KBR), the largest U.S. military contractor, must pay 12 U.S. soldiers $85 million in noneconomic and punitive damages for negligently exposing the troops to toxic chromium dust at a company worksite in Iraq in 2003, a federal court jury in Portland, Oregon, said. The case was [...]

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

Defense contractor ordered to pay millions to National Guard soldiers

By the CNN Wire Staff updated 12:33 AM EDT, Sat November 3, 2012 (CNN) — Defense contractor KBR was negligent in exposing National Guard soldiers to toxic chemicals at a water plant in Iraq, a federal jury in Portland, Oregon, found Friday. The lawsuit was filed by a dozen National Guard soldiers, who accused the defense [...]

January 2nd, 2013 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Federal Court,Other National News,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

Burn, Baby, Burn

By David Isenberg via HuffingtonPost.com Remember when rioters in Watts, Calif., began shouting “Burn, Baby! BURN!” in the turmoil of 1965? I’m sure they didn’t have the following future in mind. That would be the various lawsuits against KBR for operating burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. But we should all be paying attention to [...]

September 4th, 2012 | Posted in Burn Pit Blog,Burn Pits News,Huffington Post,KBR Lawsuits,National Media,News Coverage,Qarmat Ali Blog | Read More »

Lawsuit: Local Soldier Was Killed by Afghan Security Employee Who Had Made Threats

19-year-old Private First Class Rudy Acosta

A Santa Clarita couple is suing a U.S. government contractor after their soldier son was killed by the company’s employee By Lolita Lopez |  Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 6:51 PM PDT Rudy Acosta was just weeks away from coming home to Santa Clarita from his deployment overseas when he and a group of unarmed [...]

August 24th, 2012 | Posted in Blog,KBR Lawsuits,National Media,NBC / MSNBC,News Coverage,Video & Media | Read More »

KBR Must Face Guardsmen’s Toxic-Chromium Suit, Judge Says

KBR Inc. (KBR) must face a trial on claims that it knowingly exposed U.S. troops to toxic chromium dust in 2003 while they were guarding a company work site in Iraq, a Houston judge ruled. Dozens of U.S. national guardsmen from Indiana and West Virginia have sued the Houston-based military contractor over health problems they blame on exposure [...]

August 20th, 2012 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,Michael Patrick Doyle,National Media,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update,Texas Court Rulings | Read More »

Family of soldier sues security screening firm

By Greg Risling – The Associated Press Posted : Tuesday Jul 10, 2012 17:36:32 EDT LOS ANGELES — The family of a California soldier killed in Afghanistan sued a Canadian military contractor for rehiring a security guard, an Afghan national, after he allegedly threatened to attack U.S. troops and eventually ended up killing two service [...]

July 11th, 2012 | Posted in Army Times,National Media,News Coverage | Read More »

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