Posted August 23, 2013 By Ms Sparky
Federal Court Orders U.S. Defense Contractor KBR To Stand Trial in Nepali Human Trafficking Case
Published: August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — After a review of the evidence, a federal court today ordered the Nepali human trafficking case against Houston, Texas-based U.S. defense contractor KBR and its Jordanian subcontractor Daoud & Partners to proceed to trial. A trial date has been set for April 14, 2014. Lead plaintiffs counsel is Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.
The case involves 12 Nepali men, ages 18 to 27, who in 2004 were promised safe jobs in Jordan, but were instead involuntarily transported to Iraq. Eleven of the men were captured and killed by insurgents on the way to the U.S. Air Force base where they were to work. The plaintiffs’ complaint alleged that KBR knowingly violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The Court denied KBR’s motion that argued the plaintiffs did not have sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
In his order, Judge Keith Ellison, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, wrote, “the proffered evidence shows that each man was deceived about his promised job; each man was promised a hotel-related job in Jordan; each man’s family took on significant debt in order to pay recruitment fees; when the men arrived in Jordan, they were subject to threats and harm; their passports were confiscated; and the men were locked into a compound and threatened.” Read the remainder of this entry »
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Posted August 5, 2013 By Ms Sparky
Larry Roberta (seated in wheelchair) and other Qarmat Ali victims and supporters rally at AOI offices in Salem.
AOI to file brief on suit against military contractor
The Statesman Journal-by Queenie Wong-Aug 2, 2013
Connected to an oxygen tube, Oregon Army National Guard veteran Larry Roberta quietly moved back and forth in a wheelchair Friday holding a picket sign that read “Shame on you, Associated Oregon Industries.”
Roberta was among a dozen National Guard soldiers who were exposed to toxic chemicals while guarding a water plant during the Iraq war. The exposure to sodium dichromate, Roberta said, left him bed ridden for days with migraines and reduced his lung capacity.
In November, a federal jury in Portland found the military contracting company Kellogg Brown and Root Inc. guilty of negligence for exposing those soldiers to the chemicals.
The contractor was ordered to pay $85 million. Each soldier was awarded $6.25 million in punitive damages and $850,000 in noneconomic damages. Read the remainder of this entry »
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Posted August 1, 2013 By Ms Sparky
I just received information this morning the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed Judge Nora Berry Fischer’s decision to dismiss Cheryl Harris’ wrongful death lawsuit against KBR.
Judge Nora Barry Fischer Opinion to Dismiss Harris vs KBR (pdf)
Many of you have been following this case since I started posting about it in 2008. Cheryl’s son, 22 year old SSG Ryan Maseth, was electrocuted and died in a shower in his living quarters on January 2, 2008 in Baghdad, Irag. The electrocution was determined to be caused from a water pump that was improperly installed and not properly grounded by KBR.
KBR has always claimed the Army was responsible and that they (KBR) were protected by the Political Question Doctrine and immune from civil action. Well I guess that may not be the case.
I will update when I get more information! It looks like Cheryl Harris and Ryan Maseth just might get their day in court!!
UPDATED: Other articles are this decision to reverse lower court ruling
Federal lawsuit against contractor is revived in Pa. soldier’s shower electrocution in Iraq
Fed court revives KBR electrocution suit
Suit Over Pa. Soldier’s Death in Iraq Is Revived-AP
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Posted July 31, 2013 By Ms Sparky
Some may have noticed MsSparky.com has been down for almost a month. That’s because we got hacked. Don’t really know who or why but it really messed things up! It appears it was for spamming purposes. I suspect it was some Chinese spammer! I can’t even begin to express my disdain for hackers, scammers and spammers. But….thanks to our AWESOSME web designer/developer Tracy we are back on line.
Tracy will be making some changes to the site in order to increase security and make it more user friendly.
Now we can get back to business as usual.
Posted June 7, 2013 By Forseti
Three Georgia Residents Sentenced for Their Roles in Bribery Scheme Related to the Award of Government Contracts
(DoJ) – June 16, 2013 – A former employee at the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany (MCLB-Albany) and two local businessmen were sentenced today for their roles in a bribery scheme related to the award of contracts for machine products that resulted in approximately $907,000 in fraudulent overcharges to the U.S. Marines, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore of the Middle District of Georgia.
Michelle Rodriguez, 32; Thomas J. Cole, 43; and Fredrick W. Simon, 55, all of Albany, Ga., were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands in the Middle District of Georgia. Rodriguez was sentenced to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay $161,000 in restitution; Cole was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay $209,000 in restitution; and Simon was sentenced to 32 months in prison and ordered to pay $74,500 in restitution. Each is also subject to a $907,000 forfeiture order and three years of supervised release.
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