Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 6, 2012
Courthouse News March 6, 2012
DETROIT (CN) – A family claims in Federal Court that DynCorp International covered up the shooting of their son, who allegedly was shot to death by a drunken co-worker in Iraq.
The family of the late Justin Pope sued DynCorp and 12 of its employees, including the alleged shooter, Kyle Palmer.
The family claims Palmer was drunk when he shot and killed Justin Pope in front of at least 11 other DynCorp employees on March 4, 2009. They say in the complaint that “Defendant Palmer pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the case of United States v. Kyle Palmer … and on March 29, 2010, was sentenced to, among other things, three (3) years in prison for the crime.”
The men worked as security specialists for DynCorp in Kirkuk, Iraq, assigned to protect American diplomats and dignitaries. DynCorp is a private military contractor based in Falls Church, Va.
Pope, a Detroit native who served two tours of duty in Iraq, was 25 at the time of his death.
Pope’s family claims DynCorp and the alleged witnesses conjured up a story to cover up the facts of his death.
The complaint states: “Defendant Palmer in his drunkenness, pulled out a gun, pointed it at Justin’s mouth, pulled the trigger, and shot Justin to death
“Within 24 hours, defendants commenced a series of events as part of a conspiracy amongst and between themselves as well as, at some point, agents of the United States government, to deceive and mislead the public – and Justin’s family, plaintiffs herein, in particular – with regard to the facts and circumstances of Justin’s death, withholding the truth from them.
“Among the falsehoods that Defendants affirmatively told plaintiffs and/or communicated to the public, at various times from March 4, 2009 to the present and continuing, were the following:
“a. That Justin was alone when he was killed;
“b. That Justin shot himself;
“c. That Justin was intoxicated, in violation of DynCorp policy;
“d. That Justin was shot by his own firearm;
“e. That Justin was shot because he and Palmer were pointing their guns at one another;
“f. That Justin, while intoxicated, pointed his gun at Palmer’s head;
“g. That Justin’s death was exclusively his fault; and
“h. Other falsehoods.
“Among the facts that defendants deliberately concealed from plaintiffs were the following:
“a. That defendant Palmer shot and killed Justin;
“b. That Justin was shot from a distance of at least several feet;
“c. That there was no evidence that Justin had ingested alcohol or any other intoxicants;
“d. That there were at least eleven (11) people in the room at the time that Justin was shot;
“e. That there was widespread ingestion of alcohol and intoxication amongst DynCorp employees, including but not limited to individual Defendants
Palmer, Fleming, Hillestad, Augustine, Igo, Tanner, Isaac [Doe 1] and Doe #’s 2-7, the night of Justin’s shooting death;
“That while DynCorp claimed to have a policy of zero tolerance for alcohol ingestion by DynCorp employees on its premises in Iraq, in fact, alcohol abuse was permitted, tolerated, authorized, condoned, approved, known, and promoted by Defendant DynCorp;
“That defendant DynCorp had ordered all its employees who were present in Justin’s room when he was shot and killed to go into a room and not come out until they had agreed upon a story as to how it had happened so they could conceal the truth; and
“Other pertinent information.
“Plaintiffs to this date have never been provided any information regarding the medical treatment that was provided to Justin after he was shot and before he died.
“Plaintiffs to this date have never been provided any of defendant DynCorp’s investigation reports or information about the internal investigation that supposedly occurred after the shooting.”
Even after Palmer’s conviction and sentencing, DynCorp continues to stick to its fabricated story, Pope’s family says.
They add: “The acts, false statements and omissions of defendants, described above, were intentional, willful, wanton, and designed to cause pain and injury. They were malicious, and were performed in violation of and with deliberate indifference and/or in reckless disregard of plaintiffs’ respective emotional well-being. …
These craven acts of dishonesty, some of which occurred immediately after Justin’s death and in the wake of his family’s shock and grief, and continue to this day, consisted both of fabricating events that did not happen (e.g. telling Justin’s family that ‘he shot himself’) and of intentionally withholding information regarding the circumstances of his death from the family. These acts of dishonesty were committed directly by defendants, and as part of the conspiracy, alleged herein, amongst defendants and with agents and officials of the United States government.”
Pope’s family seeks exemplary damages for conspiracy to intentionally inflict emotional injury, and intentional infliction of emotional injury.
They are represented by William Goodman, with Goodman Hurwitz
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Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Dyncorp, Iraq, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, State Department | Tagged: Alcohol, Dyncorp, Dyncorp International, Goodman Hurwitz, Justin Pope, Kyle Palmer, William Goodman | 3 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 12, 2010
Cerberus Capital Management, a New York-based private investment firm, is expected to buy DynCorp International of Falls Church in a deal worth roughly $1.5 billion.
DynCorp, a publicly traded defense contractor, said in a news release Monday that its board of directors will recommend that stockholders approve the transaction. Under the deal, stockholders will receive $17.55 in cash for each share of DynCorp common stock. Cerberus is financing the deal with equity and debt from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Global Markets, Barclays Bank PLC and Deutsche Bank Securities.
“I believe that under this partnership with Cerberus, DynCorp International will be able to build on our extensive heritage and successful performance to continue to achieve our growth objectives,” said William L. Ballhaus, president and chief executive of DynCorp. “This transaction is a major milestone for DynCorp International’s continued leadership in serving our customers and supporting U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.”
Timothy F. Price, managing director at Cerberus, said in a statement that the deal “underscores our successful track record in the government services sector and furthers our goal of continuing to grow our portfolio in this area.”
DynCorp specializes in police training, security and logistics work overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has roughly 30,000 employees worldwide
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Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 12, 2010
Cerberus to take defense contractor DynCorp private in $1 billion deal
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – DynCorp International, which has helped train the national police in Afghanistan, said Monday that it is being bought out by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $1 billion.
A recent decision to shift control of the training program from the State Department to the military may end a contract that DynCorp has held since 2003.
The company is challenging the decision.
DynCorp shareholders will receive $17.55 in cash for each share, a premium of 49 percent from Friday’s closing price of $11.75. The deal also includes debt that pushes its total value to $1.5 billion.
Under the terms of the deal announced Monday, DynCorp has 28 days to solicit proposals from other companies.
Shares of DynCorp International Inc. soared $5.72, or 49 percent, to $17.47.
DynCorp provides services such as aviation support in Iraq to helping flood victims in the U.S. It has contracts in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Two possible drug-related deaths in Afghanistan by two contractors has raised concerns about how well the company selects and manages employees assigned to a police training contract that is considered key as the U.S. looks to hand over more of the security burden to the Afghans. Story here
Posted in Contractor Casualties and Missing, Dyncorp | Tagged: Afghanistan, Cerberus Capitol Mangaement, Civilian Contractor, Dyncorp, Dyncorp International, injured contractors, Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, Pentagon, State Dept | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 31, 2010
A good move if they are going to help injured employees financially while CNA refuses to pay their DBA claims. Far too many DynCorp injured “valuable” employees have lost their homes and families with no help from anyone at all.
It would be better late than never
How much support will they be giving to corporate, medical, and government stakeholders (read CNA/DynCorp Carrier/Employer, their third party medical providers and the Department of Labor) and how much support will they be giving their serious and mortally injured employees?
DynCorp Press Release January 29, 2010
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – (Business Wire) DynCorp International (NYSE:DCP) has established DI Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a corporate-wide initiative to assist employees in the event of serious or mortal injury. DI Care EAP will serve to lead all aspects of casualty procedures, family notification and victim assistance; help injured employees obtain legitimate insurance and benefits claims, and to support corporate, medical, and government stakeholders regarding the disposition and handling of more complex employee assistance claim administration and processing.
Michael Warren, previously head of DynCorp International’s Civilian Police (CIVPOL) Employee Assistance Program (CEAP) since its inception in 2007, will serve as Director of DI Care EAP. This new position encompasses all DI programs, providing a central point of contact and dedicated personnel to assist victims and help families manage benefits and claims. CEAP has set the industry standard for employee care and support, distinguishing DI among government service providers. DI Care EAP will ensure the same level of support and assistance corporate-wide to injured employees and to families of those injured or killed.
Michael Warren joined DI in 2004 as an international police advisor, working overseas for two years in that capacity before taking over responsibility for the CEAP, providing support for civilian police program personnel. Previous to his employment with DI, Michael Warren was a member of the Harris County, Tex. Sheriff’s Department.
“Excellence begins with caring – I truly believe that,” said Mr. Warren. “The DI Care EAP reflects a culture of caring and commitment to our employees.”
DynCorp International President and Chief Executive Officer William L. Ballhaus said “DI employees serve today for a safe tomorrow. We have people in difficult and often dangerous environments, underscoring the vital importance of a corporate-wide program to ensure that we stand behind and support our employees and their families in the event of a serious injury. I am proud of Mr. Warren for his dedication to this program.”
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