I think KBR is a disgusting pestiferous Ordog!
An Ördög is a demonic creature from Hungarian mythology which personifies the dark aspects of the world. In Christian times, it was identified with the devil.
The blogospere has been all riled up since evil KBR has CHOSEN to to further victimize Jamie Leigh Jones by asking for over $2 million to pay their attorney fees.
In my opinion, this is a vindictive attempt on the behalf of KBR to punish Jamie Jones and her attorney Todd Kelly for the advances they made against KBR’s secret arbitration policy and changes to laws such as the Franken Amendment.
They want to send a message to ALL victims and their attorneys, “You better not go there”. This is typical KBR bullshit. “Just keep your mouth shut or we will send you to the house!” We have all heard it in the Middle East. Now KBR wants to make sure they send that message loud and clear to any victim or attorney who dare stand up to them. “See what happens when you go up against KBR? You will pay!” I pray Judge Ellison sees through this attempt to control the legal system. This is manipulation and control at a most basic level. I have to admit, KBR is very good at that!
Here is some information on the employee KBR protected in this case. A reader who was at the trial noted that Andrew McKinney, the attorney who represented Charles Bortz was seated at the KBR table in the courtroom. The reader also noted that the jury did not hear about the criminal history of violence against women perpetrated by Mr. Bortz:
Click HERE for STATE OF FLORIDA vs. BORTZ, CHARLES DAVID JACOB Case no. 2006 MM 003896 S
Click HERE for STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA vs. BORTZ, CHARLES DAVID JACOB Case no. 56970EP
But yet, the jury was allowed to hear every sorted detail of Jamie’s past. Something sounds terribly wrong with that. Bortz dropped his counter suit against Jamie for slander, primarily I think so his criminal past would not be heard by the jury. I just have to wonder if KBR paid Bortz or his attorney to drop his suit. If I were a betting woman, I would have to say money exchanged hands!
Speaking of money, click HERE (21M .zip) to read KBR’s demand and how much Porter Hedges LLP charges to represent a “Pestiferous Ordog” (invoices included).
Click HERE (.zip) to read the responses of Todd Kelly and the legal team representing Jamie Leigh Jones. It is very interesting that the only attorney named in the demand is Todd Kelly. It’s as if Todd is being singled out for retribution, wonder if KBR will threaten to send him to Fallujah too!
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd – (AlterNet) – August 23, 2011 – Jamie Leigh Jones says she was gang-raped in Iraq while doing business for KBR, the military contractor formerly known as Halliburton. She was not the only person to make such claims—at least four other women accused KBR employees of rape—yet the corporation tried to suppress her case, at least until the jury ruled against her last month.
But winning wasn’t enough. Now absurd, greedy KBR wants to make her pay, literally. The contractor has filed a lawsuit for $2 million against Jones, claiming the suit she pursued was “frivolous, unreasonable, and groundless.” Talking Points Memo:
Jones said there is “nothing frivolous” about her claims, according to the Wall Street Journal, pointing out that a judge let the trial proceed and that the jury deliberated for over 10 hours before it reached its verdict.
Jones’ lawyer Todd Kelly told WSJ’s Law Blog that his client doesn’t have the means to cover KBR’s fee request. “They have beaten us and now they are attempting to crush us,” he added. “This is an attempt by KBR to chill other people from bringing claims against them.”
KBR lawyer Daniel Hedges told the WSJ that the corporation’s legal fees were “substantial.” And when he says that, we can’t help but be reminded of the billions of tax dollars KBR receives from the government to keep its vile operations running. Also, wasn’t there a little accounting problem wherein they bilked Americans out of a couple bill? Perhaps they could extract their legal fees from that. (Click HERE for original article)
Here are some related articles:
KBR Wants Rape Claimant To Pay Its Legal Fees
“Now that KBR has prevailed in Jamie Leigh Jones’ civil case against them, they want her to pay their fees, which total in the millions. And, legally speaking, they are probably just doing it to be assholes.” – Irin Carmon – (Jezebel) – August 24, 2011
Cop Rapes Woman at Gunpoint, 11-Year-Old Rape Victim Smeared, Accuser Sued for $2 Million: Is US Society Failing Victims?
What is it with our inability to find justice for victims? – Sarah Seltzer – (Alternet) – August 23, 2011