Appeals Court Sends Contractors Case to Court
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 15, 2009
NEW ORLEANS — The case of a Texas woman who alleges she was gang-raped by co-workers while working for a military contractor in Iraq will go to court.
A three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Tuesday that Jamie Leigh Jones’ claims against Halliburton Co., former subsidiary KBR and several affiliates can be tried in open court. The companies contended Jones signed an agreement that requires all of her claims against the companies to be resolved privately through arbitration.
The Associated Press usually does not identify people alleging sexual assault, but Jones’ face and name have been broadcast in media reports and on her Web site. She also described her allegations in testimony before a congressional subcommittee.
Halliburton and KBR are headquartered in Houston.