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Legal Problems Mounting For KBR! They Will Stand Trial In Human Trafficking Case

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 »

Federal Court Upholds Right to Sue Jordanian Defense Contractor in U.S.

Judge rejects argument that U.S. court lacks jurisdiction in Nepali human trafficking case

PRESS RELEASE
(Cohen Milstein) – WASHINGTON –  March 05, 2012 – A federal court today upheld its jurisdiction over Daoud & Partners, a Jordanian defense subcontractor that allegedly participated in trafficking Nepali laborers to work at a U.S. military base in Iraq against their will. A trial date has been set for April 29, 2013.

In denying Daoud’s motion to appeal this decision, Judge Keith Ellison, of the Southern District of Texas, ruled that the court has personal jurisdiction over Daoud & Partners, a subcontractor to KBR, Inc., the Houston-based defense contractor that also is a defendant in the case. The case involves 13 Nepali men who in 2004 were promised jobs in Jordan, but were instead involuntarily transported to Iraq. Twelve of the men were captured and killed by insurgents on the way to the U.S. Air Force base where they were to work.

Contractors on the prowl, protective orders and other news

U.S. Embassy Employee in Iraq Charged with Theft of Public Funds and Conflict of Interest
WASHINGTON – October 15, 2010 –  A foreign national employed at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, was charged today with theft of public money and acts affecting a personal financial interest in connection with $237,236 in U.S. Government funds, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia and Acting Assistant Director in Charge John G. Perren of the FBI Washington Field Office.

An indictment returned today by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia charges Osama Esam Saleem Ayesh, 36, with two counts of theft of public money and one count of acts affecting a personal financial interest, commonly known as a conflict of interest charge. Ayesh was arrested on Aug. 16, 2010, based on a criminal complaint charging him with one count of conflict of interest.

According to the indictment, Ayesh held the position of shipping and customs supervisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Ayesh was responsible for preparing the necessary documents and logistical support for customs clearance and delivery of shipments coming into Iraq for the embassy and embassy officials and personnel. While Ayesh worked at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, his primary residence was in Amman, Jordan. (Click HERE for article)

Judge Limits Discovery in Defense Contractor Case
BARBARA LEONARD – WASHINGTON (CN) – October 15, 2010 –  Halliburton and another defense contractor accused of inflating construction costs at military bases in Iraq won protective orders that narrowly limit their deposition and discovery obligations. 

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in July that Harry Barko could seek “limited jurisdictional discovery” against Daoud & Partners, one of the contractors Barko sued in 2005 on behalf of the federal government.

A former contract administrator, Barko accused Daoud, Halliburton, Kellogg Brown and Root, and five KBR subsidiaries of inflating the costs of building laundry facilities on military bases in Iraq.

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