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Hexavalent chromium suit against KBR by Oregon National Guard goes forward in Portland

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 20, 2010

By Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian

Oregon Army National Guard veterans suing the largest war contractor in Iraq today in federal court in Portland acknowledge they’re waging an improbable fight.

In February, the war contractor squashed a similar lawsuit by Indiana Guard who also claimed they were knowingly exposed to a cancer-causing chemical in Iraq in 2003.

Last June, the war contractor even knocked out a suit by 10 of its former employees — the people Oregon troops were guarding.

The 21 Oregon veterans suing Kellogg, Brown and Root include a postal clerk, a security guard and a soldier just back from a second tour to Iraq where he guarded KBR convoys. The men say they suffer breathing, stomach and other health problems from being exposed to hexavalent chromium at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.

They face a large and experienced defense team who’ve handled hundreds of personal injury claims filed against KBR since the invasion of Iraq over its burn pits, accidental electrocutions and alleged assaults.

On the vets’ team: one tall Texan and a Portland trial lawyer in a solo firm.

Houston attorney Michael Patrick Doyle, who’s won millions suing corporations for negligence, is working with David Sugerman, who’s taken class-action suits and consumer cases. They took the case on contingency. After months of unpaid work, one soldier felt so guilty he gave Sugerman the only bill in his wallet: an Iraqi dinar.  Read the full story here

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One Response to “Hexavalent chromium suit against KBR by Oregon National Guard goes forward in Portland”

  1. Going Silent said

    I can’t understand why?? Nobody is resposible for their actions. Nobody!! Not our government and certainly not the people who made billions off of us.

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