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Limited Discovery in USA v. KBR Case

Courthouse News  September 6, 2012

WASHINGTON (CN) – Kellogg Brown & Root can force Uncle Sam to produce records on the Army’s alleged failure to provide force protection for KBR logistical services workers in Iraq, a federal judge ruled.
KBR could face civil penalties of more than $300 million, on the United States’ claims that it billed the federal government more than $100 million for private security contractors it hired.
The government says its LOGCAP III contracts with KBR prohibited the use of such contractors.
U.S. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth ruled on Aug. 31 that he would allow discovery, after dismissing, in April, the contractor’s argument that the federal government failed to provide adequate security.
KBR also asked the government to identify which KBR claims it believes are false, by releasing the invoices, and it sought documents relating to government contracts with other contractors in Iraq, and their relations with private security firms.
Lamberth ruled that the government already has released information relating to the specific claims in question, and that the government’s relationship with other contractors is not KBR’s business.

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September 6, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Iraq, KBR, Lawsuits, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daughter of KBR employee killed by friendly fire in Iraq can sue

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I published my first post on this tragedy well over a year ago. I was inundated with comments from people who had information or insight on this case. After you read this post be sure to read the comments on Lawsuit blames KBR in driver death at Anaconda Iraq. FYI last I heard Frazier Shack now works for Dyncorp in Texas.

Halliburton Can’t Shake Friendly Fire Lawsuit

By JEFF GORMAN – April 19, 2010

(CN) – Halliburton and other U.S. military support contractors cannot escape a lawsuit filed by a woman whose father was gunned down by friendly fire in Iraq, the 5th Circuit ruled.

Kristen Martin claimed her father, Donald Tolfree, relied on the defendants’ assurances that he would be protected by the U.S. military while working in Iraq.

Tolfree was driving a “chase truck,” an empty semi-truck cab which could be used to help a disabled semi in a military convoy.

According to Martin, the convoy commander did not tell the sentry that her father was returning to camp after his truck was no longer needed for the mission.

Tolfree drove back to camp without an escort and died when an American gunner fired 100 rounds into his truck.

Martin also claimed that defendants falsely told her that her father was killed by a roadside bomb instead of by friendly fire.

The lower court denied defendants’ request to dismiss the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction due to a claim of official immunity. Justice Carolyn Dineen King ruled that she lacked subject matter jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

“Defendants cite several actions that they performed – allowing Tolfree’s truck to return…without coordinating its return and training and supervising employees – but these do not rise to the level of being activities that involve policy-making work for the United States government,” King wrote.

For that reason, King ruled that her court lacked jurisdiction over the lower courts’ denial of the defendants’ immunity. (click HERE for original article)

Lawsuit over KBR Employee Killed in Iraq by U.S. Troops Gets Go-Ahead

By JEFF GORMAN – April 25, 2010

Relatives of Donald Tolfree, an employee of KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, who was killed by friendly fire in Iraq, have been allowed to move forward with their lawsuit against the defense contractor. Tolfree’s daughter contends Halliburton assured her father he would be protected while driving trucks for supply convoys. But in February 2007, Tolfree’s semi cab was riddled with a hundred bullets from a machine gun after his convoy commander failed to alert the U.S. camp to which he headed, causing an American soldier to open fire on him. Although initial reports correctly stated that Tolfree had been killed by friendly fire, Tolfree’s family says that Halliburton tried to convince them that he was really killed by a roadside bomb. (Click HERE for original article)
Martin v. Halliburton

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

US Sues Contractor KBR Over Iraq Bills

US accuses contractor KBR of improperly billing for private security services in Iraq

The federal government is suing KBR Inc., the largest contractor in Iraq, over what prosecutors say were improper charges to the Army for private security services.

The Houston-based KBR Inc. is a former subsidiary of Halliburton Co. It recently won a new contract potentially worth more than $2 billion for support work in the country.

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The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington charges that KBR and 33 of its subcontractors used private armed security at various times from 2003 to 2006. The suit claims KBR knew it could not bill the U.S. government for such services but did so anyway.

April 1, 2010 Posted by | KBR | , , , , | Leave a comment