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Doyle Raizner Files Suit Against Tundra Strategies for Role in Death of US Servicemen

Doyle Raizner has filed suit against Tundra Strategies on behalf of several United States servicemen, including the family members of a servicemen who was killed, while serving in Afghanistan.  The servicemen were shot by an Afghan national, Shir Ahmed, who was not properly screened by Tundra, which was hired by the U.S. government in November 2009 to screen and monitor military security.

Ahmed had a documented history of threatening attack on U.S. soldiers, and two months after being hired in May 2010 Ahmed had been fired from Tundra for making threats .  However, Tundra did not record his history of threats or report Ahmed’s actions to the U.S. military.  As a result, Ahmed was listed as eligible for rehire, and within days of being rehired in 2011, opened fire on U.S. servicemen with a Tundra-issued AK-47.

Doyle Raizner is very proud to represent these U.S. servicemen and their families, as they continue to struggle with their injuries and losses, which were entirely preventable if Tundra had followed the proper procedures and laws.

Houston Press Details KBR Qarmat Ali Litigation

On February 15, 2012, the Houston Press published an extended article about the ongoing litigation by U.S. and British servicemen against KBR for exposure to sodium dichromate (hexavalent chromium) during the Iraq War.  Sodium dichromate, a known toxic and carcinogenic chemical, was spread throughout the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant worksite in Iraq.  KBR hired the U.S. and British defense forces to provide security to the plant.  At the time, KBR was aware of the dangers posed to the servicemen, but did not inform the military or the soldiers, or take precautions to protect them from exposure.  As a result, many of the soldiers are now suffering the health consequences of KBR’s actions.

Litigation in the matter is currently ongoing in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas and the District of Oregon.

The full Houston Press article, authored by Craig Malisow, is available here.

Congress Passes Bill Requiring Disclosure of Military Contractor Immunity

Earlier this week, Congress passed a new defense approprations bill. Included is a key amendment designed to promote greater transparency in the government’s dealings with military contractors.

Under the new terms, the military is required to inform both the House and Senate Armed Services Committee when signing contracts granting military contractors immunity from liability.

The goal of the bill is to force greater transparency in the Pentagon’s dealings with contractors, particularly in light of the military’s contract with KBR, which attempted to give KBR immunity from various aspects of its operations during the Iraq War.

Doyle Raizner represents U.S. and U.K. servicemen harmed by exposure to sodium dichromate (hexavalent chromium) after being contracted by KBR to monitor its Qarmat Ali Water Treatment Facility in Iraq. Litigation in this case is still ongoing in Oregon and Texas.

More information on the bill is available here.

Jamie Leigh Jones Trial Goes to Jury

After almost four weeks of trial, closing arguments in Jamie Leigh Jones’ case in United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas took place on July 7, 2011. Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee, brought allegations against KBR that she was assaulted and raped by co-workers while working in Iraq. Jones has also alleged that, upon reporting the incident, she was detained by KBR security and refused access to food, water, and communication until the intervention of U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX).

Following each side’s closing arguments, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison entrusted the case to the jury to begin deliberations.

Doyle Raizner LLP represents persons injured by the negligence and/or wrongdoing of military contractors. The firm is currently engaged in litigation against KBR on behalf of members of the US National Guard and the British Royal Air Force.

KBR Loses Bid to Have Iraqi Court Hear Electrocution Suit

A federal judge has ruled against a motion by KBR to transfer to Iraq a lawsuit filed against the company. Survivors of Ryan Maseth, a Green Beret who was killed in Iraq in 2008 when he was electrocuted in a shower facility, had sued the military contractor for negligence.

District Judge Nora Fischer for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, denied KBR’s motion to transfer the case to Iraq, but did not rule on whether the case should be transferred elsewhere in the United States.

KBR’s attempt to move the case is the only the latest example of a military contractor’s attempt to transfer a case against it to an Islamic country. Blackwater AWS lost its attempt to transfer the claims arising from the crash of a charter flight because Islamic law would not hold a company liable for the acts of its employees.

Doyle Raizner LLP represents persons injured by the negligence of military contractors. The firm is currently engaged in litigation against KBR on behalf of members of the U.S. National Guard and the British Royal Air Force.

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