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Ninth Circuit Says Get Ready for Trial in Qarmat Ali Case in Oregon

In a terse one-sentence opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed KBR’s appeal of a ruling by Oregon federal judge Paul Papak in the toxic exposure suit by dozens of Indiana National Guardsmen.  With a mid-lawsuit Ninth Circuit Appeal that could have delayed the case significantly now out of the way, the soldiers are […]

December 16th, 2010 | Posted in Oregon Lawsuits,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

9th Circuit Court says suit by Oregon guard against KBR can go forward

Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied KBR’s request for an unusual early review that could have stalled or stopped the veterans’ lawsuit against it. Thirty six Oregon vets allege they were exposed to a cancer-causing chemical while guarding KBR and Halliburton operations early in the Iraq war and […]

December 15th, 2010 | Posted in Oregon Live | Read More »

9th Circuit Tells KBR to Get Ready for Trial

By Amanda Halter In a terse one-line opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today dismissed KBR’s appeal of Oregon federal judge Paul Papak’s ruling rejecting KBR’s position that the private military contractor is immune from suit. The decision represents a monumental step forward for the several dozen Oregon National Guardsmen who filed suit against […]

December 14th, 2010 | Posted in Documents,KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Lawsuits,Oregon Rulings,Qarmat Ali Blog,Qarmat Ali Case Update | Read More »

Military Contractors Were Granted Legal Indemnity for Hazardous Substances

By: Elena Schor of Greenwire Several high-profile military contractors pushed for and won legal indemnity from the Pentagon before starting projects that involved exposure to chemical weapons and other highly hazardous substances, according to documents released yesterday by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Overall, more than 120 Pentagon contracts include indemnity language that could shift liability […]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Other Local News,The New York Times | Read More »

When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Looks For a Taxpayer Bailout

Original Article at Huffington Post It appears that when the going gets tough for some private military contractors, even if it is a result of their own wrongful actions, the tough turn to the taxpayers to bail them out, according to a post on The Pop Tort, which is a project from consumer advocates at […]

December 6th, 2010 | Posted in Huffington Post,News Coverage | Read More »

Oregon Live – Pentagon disclosure highlights special indemnity with KBR contract in Iraq in hexavalent chromium exposure case by Oregon soldiers

Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian The Pentagon legally covers dozens of military contractors doing dangerous jobs at home, such as making anthrax vaccine or disposing of mustard gas. But the immunity for harm granted KBR in Iraq appears to be far broader — and potentially costlier to taxpayers — according to documents released by U.S. Rep. […]

December 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Oregon Live | Read More »

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