Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers is fighting an attempt by defense contractor AECOM to apply Sharia law to Doyle LLP Client’s claim against the company. Doyle LLP’s Client was severely injured when an intoxicated AECOM employee wrecked the company bus into her vehicle on a military base in Afghanistan. The employee was on his way to Latin Night on the other side of the base, and AECOM allowed off duty employees to use the bus during leisure time. This time, however, an AECOM employee, who did not have a valid driver’s license because of a prior DUI, had consumed a water bottle full of vodka before getting behind the wheel. Doyle LLP filed suit in June of 2014 in California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, where AECOM’s company headquarters is located.
The case was recently featured on a prominent legal website, Law.com, because of AECOM’s creative attempts to avoid responsibility for serious injuries to Doyle LLP’s Client by the application of Afghanistan Law. If you would like to read more about the case, you can read the full story here.
AECOM is arguing that Afghanistan law, including the Afghan Civil Code and aspects of Hanafi Law (which is derived from religious teachings within Sunni Islam) apply to Doyle LLP Client’s case. Under these laws, AECOM would be shielded from vicarious liability, with all the blame falling on the employee. Also, inconsistent with basic precepts of the American judicial system, these same teachings may also subject AECOM’s employee to flogging as punishment for his intoxication, and Doyle LLP’s Client’s testimony could be ignored or limited because she is a woman.
Doyle LLP frequently represents American citizens injured on military bases overseas and elsewhere internationally. If you or someone you know has been injured on a military base or by a defense contractor, please contact Doyle LLP for an evaluation of whether you are entitled to compensation.