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KBR ‘disappointed’ in judge’s opinion in case brought by Oregon soldiers, will appeal

By Mike Francis, The Oregonian

on April 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM, updated April 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

KBR Inc. is “disappointed” and “strongly disagrees” with the opinion delivered Friday by U.S. District Judge Paul Papak in the negligence case brought by 12 Oregon soldiers.

The Houston-based contractor, which was hired by the Army to help restore the flow of Iraq’s oil at the outset of the war there, said in a prepared statement Monday it thinks Papak’s opinion “contains significant factual and legal errors.” KBR will appeal, the statement said.

On Friday, Papak affirmed the verdict of an Oregon jury, which last November found KBR negligent in its failure to promptly notify Oregon troops that the Iraqi water treatment plant at Qarmat Ali was contaminated with sodium dichromate, which contains a known carcinogen. Jurors awarded the soldiers, who had been ordered in 2003 to provide security for the KBR workers at the site in southern Iraq, close to $85 million in damages.

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