The U.S. Supreme Court, in a very important ruling, rejected three KBR Inc. appeals in cases that would have given military contractors a broader shield from lawsuits over their activities on the battlefield. The court left intact a group of federal appeals court rulings allowing lawsuits against KBR to go forward.
One appeal centered on accusations that KBR and Halliburton Co. harmed thousands of service members and contractor employees in Iraq and Afghanistan by burning hazardous waste, including asbestos and human remains, in open-air pits. The victims contend in 58 consolidated suits that they were exposed to toxic smoke and contaminated water.
In a second case, a KBR unit was defending claims by the family of a soldier who was electrocuted while taking a shower in his barracks in Iraq. The family contended that the company was negligent in servicing the barracks plumbing. The third case involves allegations that KBR was to blame for soldiers’ exposure to a hazardous chemical while repairing a water treatment plant.
Source: Insurance Journal
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