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John O’Brien – (Legal Newsline) – HOUSTON – September 27, 2011 – Jamie Leigh Jones, the woman who alleged her employer was at fault for a rape that a jury said never happened, must pay court costs to the company she sued but not its attorneys fees.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled Monday on Kellogg, Brown and Root’s motion for costs and attorneys fees, more than two months after a federal jury found that Jones was not raped while an employee of KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton.
He ruled that Jones is on the hook for KBR’s $145,073.19 in court costs. Citing a federal rule of civil procedure, Ellison wrote “costs – other than attorneys fees – should be allowed to the prevailing party.”
A federal jury decided in July that Jones, whose case became a talking point for those who sought mandatory arbitration reform, was not raped in Iraq while employed by KBR. The company moved on Aug. 17 to have its attorneys fees paid by Jones. KBR spent more than $2 million on attorneys fees.
In fighting the lawsuit, KBR had argued a mandatory arbitration clause in her employment contract had prevented her from suing the company in open court. An appeals court sided with Jones on that issue, but jurors ruled in July that Jones and Charles Bortz had engaged in consensual sex. Read the remainder of this entry »
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! Read the remainder of this entry »
Whatever the outcome of the Jamie Leigh Jones trial, victims of sexual assault may now get their days in court.
Pema Levy – (The American Prospect) – July 11, 2011 – In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones went to work in Baghdad’s Green Zone for KBR, then an engineering and construction subsidiary of the defense contractor Halliburton. Upon arrival, she was placed in co-ed barracks where the ratio of men to women was 20 to 1. Four days later, Jones said that she was slipped the date-rape drug Rohypnol and gang raped by fellow KBR employees. When she reported the crime, Halliburton locked her in a shipping container for 24 hours without food or water, and barred her from contacting anyone outside.
Last month, Jones’ case against KBR employee Charles Boartz for rape and against KBR for knowingly sending her into a hostile work environment finally went to trial. On Friday, a jury found Boartz and KBR not guilty.
Jones’s story won the sympathies of millions; she now has a contract for both a book and movie, and was prominently featured last month in HBO’s Hot Coffee, a documentary about the corporate campaign to restrict access to the justice system. But at trial, Jones’ story fell apart. As Stephanie Mencimer reported in Mother Jones last week, KBR found experts and evidence that cast doubt on large portions of Jones’ story. Jones claimed, for example, that she had two sips of a drink and doesn’t remember anything else, but KBR dug up a report in which she admitted to having five drinks. No evidence of Rohypnol was found in blood tests. Jones also alleged her breast implants were ruptured by the violent assault, but the doctor who treated her the next day said this wasn’t true either. The allegation that there were multiple attackers was thrown out for lack of evidence, and prosecutors brought up that Jones had reported being raped twice in the past and had taken drugs used to treat anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
by khou.com & The Associated Press
Posted on July 8, 2011 at 3:32 PM
HOUSTON – A federal jury on Friday ruled that a woman who sued KBR over an alleged sexual assault in Iraq was not raped, and the company did not commit fraud.
Jamie Leigh Jones sued KBR, its Houston-based former parent company Halliburton and KBR firefighter Charles Bortz, who she claimed led an attack on her while she worked for KBR at Camp Hope in Baghdad in 2005.
Jones’ attorney, Ron Estefan, told jurors during closing arguments that KBR had neglected to enforce its policies against sexual harassment by its contract workers in Iraq, which facilitated Jones’ rape.
Estefan asked the jury to award his client as much as 5 percent of KBR’s net worth in actual or punitive damages, which would have been more than $114 million.
“It’s a lot of money, but it’s a lot of harm that was caused to her,” he told jurors. (click HERE for the rest of the article)
I have to add, I’m so sorry Jamie lost, this is a sad day for other KBR victims! ~ Ms Sparky
Jurors weigh lawsuit against KBR over alleged rape
JESSICA PRIEST – (HOUSTON CHRONICLE) – July 7, 2011 – Attorneys for a woman who says she was drugged and gang-raped while working in Iraq for defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root said in closing statements Thursday that the company gave the green light for other employees to commit similar offenses by neglecting to enforce its sexual harassment policies as far back as the late 1990s.
Jamie Leigh Jones’ attorney, Ron Estefan, told jurors that KBR had known it had a problem with sexual harassment since 1998 because it specifically hired a consultant to correct it. He said the company subsequently fired Jones when fixing the problem became too costly.
“The minute they made the decision not to enforce its rules, they cast the first die,” Estefan said.
Jones, 26, sued KBR and company firefighter Charles Boartz over the incident she alleged occurred in 2005 while she was stationed at the company’s Camp Hope installation in Iraq. She also is accusing the Houston-based firm of creating a “sexually hostile working environment” by neglecting to enforce its sexual harassment policies.
Lawyers for KBR and Boartz, the lone man accused of the rape by name, accused Jones of making up the attack, pointing out that doctors’ tests showed no sign of drugs in her system after the alleged incident.
“I know it might make a better manuscript … to tell the story that Jamie was gang-raped and locked in a shipping container, but I am asking you to reject that fiction,” defense lawyer Joanne Vorpahl told jurors in closing statements.