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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 […]

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US Congress Calls for Report on Qarmat Ali

On June 17, 2011, United States Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia (D), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a provision in the Defense Authorization bill to immediately finalize a report on the hazardous situation at the Qarmat Ali Water Treatment Facility, an installation under the oversight of defense contractor KBR. The […]

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In Light of KBR and Qarmat Ali, U.S. Congress to Consider Forcing Greater Military Transparency

On May 25, 2011, United States Representatives from Oregon spearheaded an amendment to the House Defense Authorization bill in an effort to creat greater transparency in government contracting. The effort is the latest attempt to rectify problems highlighted by a number of lawsuits, including those filed by National Guard soldiers against Kellogg, Brown, and Root […]

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Uncovered Docs Confirm KBR Knew Soldiers Exposed to Dangerous Levels of Sodium Dichromate

Documents now uncovered in the lawsuit by several soldiers against Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR) show that KBR managers were aware of alarming blood and urine test results of site personnel subject to “significant exposure” to sodium dichromate. These documents are in direct contradiction to KBR’s long-held position there was no medical evidence of harm […]

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A Salute and Thank You to Veterans

Doyle LLP extends a salute and thank you to veterans. To those who have served our country bravely and to the many thousands who continue to do so: We are grateful to you for your sacrifice, your service, and your bravery. You put your lives on the line for other people, for principles, and in […]

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Federal Judge Rejects KBR/Halliburton Immunity Motions

Federal Judge Paul Papak in the United States District Court for Oregon today entered an order rejecting KBR and Halliburton’s demands for immunity for their conduct exposing Oregon National Guard soldiers to dangerous toxins at their Qarmat Ali project in southern Iraq in 2003. The order  rejected the government contractor’s claims that they were entitled […]

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London’s Daily Express Covers British Troops’ Suit Against KBR

Yesterday, The Daily Express published an article on the suit against KBR by British servicemen, including RAF Sgt. Andy Tosh and his fellow gunners from 26 Squadron. These soldiers were exposed to hexavalent chromium at KBR’s Qarmat Ali facility in Southern Iraq. You can read the article at this link: Daily Express article

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BBC News Covers Joinder of UK Troops to Qarmat Ali Litigation

Today BBC News profiled Doyle clients Andy Tosh and his fellow RAF servicemen who have filed suit against KBR. The UK servicemen were members of a regiment that served at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in Southern Iraq. The BBC article can be found at this link: BBC article

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Oregon Judge Denies KBR’s Motion to Dismiss Soldier Claims

Today Judge Paul Papak issued a memorandum opinion and order denying KBR’s motion to dismiss claims of former members of the Oregon National Guard for lack of jurisdiction. The Court found that the intentional misrepresentation of conditions at the Qarmat Ali facility, and the hexavalent chromium contamination at that site, would constitute an intentional act, […]

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KBR suit re-filed in Houston on behalf of Indiana Guardsmen and their families

On March 31, 2010, Doyle LLP re-filed the legal claims of the Indiana Guardsmen exposed to the highly toxic chemical sodium dichromate at KBR’s Qarmat Ali project in southern Iraq (including the widow of Lt. Col. Jim Gentry, who died from his exposure in November 2009) . The case was filed in the United States […]

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