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Oregon soldiers in hex chromium case get permission to use tardy expert report

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Mike Francis, The Oregonian By Mike Francis, The Oregonian

The federal judge hearing the case brought by 34 Oregon National Guard soldiers against military contractor KBR Inc., has ruled that an expert opinion produced by the soldiers can be used in the trial, currently scheduled for June.

But Magistrate Judge Paul Papak said the amended expert report produced by the soldiers’ lawyers was so late that the plaintiffs should absorb any new legal costs incurred by KBR as it responds to it.

The judge also acknowledged that the late report and the responses it will require may force a delay in the trial date.

The soldiers accuse KBR of negligence and fraud stemming from their exposure to a carcinogenic compound found at a water treatment plant in Iraq. The soldiers were assigned to provide security for KBR workers at the site in 2003.

In a separate matter, the body that governs Internet naming protocols, the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution panel, rejected an argument by KBR that the web site misuses the company’s trademark. is a site carrying content produced by the Houston law firm of Doyle, Raizner LLP, which represents the Oregon soldiers.

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