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Oregon soldiers who sued KBR seek to participate in talks between the company and the government

By Mike Francis, The Oregonian

July 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM, updated July 15, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Lawyers for the Oregon National Guard soldiers who successfully sued defense contractor KBR Inc. over the soldiers’ exposure to a carcinogen in Iraq have asked a federal judge to allow them to participate in negotiations between the company and the government. But according to the filing in the Court of Federal Claims, both KBR and the government oppose allowing the soldiers a place at the table.

The soldiers are interested because 12 soldiers and veterans sued KBR in federal court in Portland, saying KBR knowingly put them in harm’s way by causing them to provide security at a site the company knew was contaminated. In early November, a jury agreed, and the judge eventually awarded the 12 soldiers an $81 million judgment. KBR appealed and the case is now in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

KBR sued the government in March to collect more than $23 million it says it spend defending itself in the Oregon case and other actions. It argues that its legal costs — as well as any future court-ordered settlements — should be paid by U.S. taxpayers under the terms of the contract it signed with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps disagrees, saying the condition of the water treatment plant at Qarmat Ali was KBR’s responsibility.

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