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Halliburton drops high court appeal in rape case
Associated Press – March 22, 2010 4:05 PM ET
HOUSTON (AP) – Halliburton Co. and KBR have withdrawn an appeal asking the Supreme Court to block the trial of a former military contractor from Texas who says she was raped by co-workers in Iraq.
Halliburton confirmed Monday that the appeal was withdrawn, but wouldn’t elaborate.
Jamie Leigh Jones says she was raped while working for KBR in Baghdad in 2005. She later sued KBR and Halliburton, which split in 2007.
Halliburton and KBR had argued that Jones’ case should be settled in arbitration as required by her contract. A lower court ruled it could go to trial, which is set for May 2011.
The Associated Press usually doesn’t name people alleging sexual assault, but Jones’ identity has been broadcast in media reports and on her own Web site. (click HERE for original article)
The blogosphere is all a-buzz about how KBR has trashed rape victim Jamie Jones in their latest and lowest legal maneuver to suppress Jamie’s right to address this issue in court. KBR would insist Jamie address the crime of rape behind the closed doors of some dark dank back room where KBR’s secret arbitration hearings are allegedly held
Latoya Peterson at Jezebel.com wrote an awesome article entitled KBR Claims Crime Was “Distinct Risk” In Jamie Leigh Jones Case
The only thing I have to add to Latoya’s article is the actual 188 page Petition KBR filed with the US Supreme Court. KBR et al v Jamie Leigh Jones this is a good size document so give it a few extra seconds to load.
I find reading legal documents about as exciting as watching paint dry, so I haven’t read it all the way through. Those who have read it in it’s entirety are advising readers pay close attention to the footnotes. Read the remainder of this entry »
That’s right! KBR filed suit against the DoD on Nov 12, 2009. Maybe they should have filed in divorce court. KBR must be on the hunt for a new sugar daddy! If I were the DoD I would be thinking KBR is just more trouble than they’re worth and maybe they are since KBR hasn’t won any LOGCAP IV task orders!
According to KBR in Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc vs. United States Department of Defense Case 1:09-cv-02120-JDB the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) are just not being responsive to KBR’s request for what could add up to millions of dollars in manpower and millions of pages of documents from three separate Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA).
I have linked to each FOIA Request below. While you read them, visualize a bunch of US tax dollar paid KBR attorneys from McKenna Long & Aldridge sitting in one of their expensive conference rooms brainstorming a list of documents they can request from the DoD. A list so costly and labor intensive to produce these agencies decline, giving KBR the opportunity to file this ridiculous suit.
FOIA Request #1: December 5, 2008 FOIA Request to DCAA Components (click HERE) In this FOIA Request KBR has asked for DCAA employee training records, grade level, deployment history, procedures, policies, etc. But here is my favorite line on this particular FOIA. Keep in mind this is just one line item, #17 of 18 line item requests.
17. Any document relating to any communication between DCAA and the following regarding KBR’s performance of the LOGCAP III contract:
- US Army Material Command
- US Army Sustainment Command
- US Army Central Command
- Office of Secretary of Defense, including office of any Under or Assistant Secretary Offices.
- Office of Secretary of Army, including office of any Under or Assistant Secretary Offices.
- US Army Audit Agency
- Defense Contract Management Agency
- Department of Defense; Inspector General
- Government Accountability Office; or
- United States Congress, including but not limited to, either chamber, the committees or subcommittees of the same, the Policy Committees of the Democratic or Republican parties, and the Congressional Research Service.
I’m surprised they didn’t ask for the Dead Sea Scrolls or an inventory list of each grain of sand in Iraq!
FOIA Request #2: December 5, 2008 FOIA Request to DCMA (Click HERE)
FOIA Request #3: January 7, 2009 FOIA Request – Audit Reports (Click HERE)
KBR has filed suit against the US Government before. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. I’m sure this is some legal maneuver on KBR’s part. Has anyone noticed the only ones who seem to be consistently cashing in here are KBR’s attorneys!!
Yes it’s true. KBR filed suit against the United States of America on June 2, 2009. Below is an excerpt from that suit, Case 1:09-cv-00351-SGB (click HERE to read the entire complaint)
Plaintiff, Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc (“KBR”), files it’s complaint against the United States of America the “government”).
This complaint results from the government’s attack, based upon the erroneous application of law and fact, on the reasonableness of the price KBR paid to a subcontractor performing services to assist KBR in performing certain requirements under a contract with the United States Army. This contract required KBR to provide logistics support, including dining facility services, to combat soldiers in Iraq since 2003 without interruption because interruption could have a significant negative impact on war-fighter capability. As part of its contract performance, KBR subcontracted with Tamimi Global Company, Ltd. to provide dining facility services to United States combat soldiers in Iraq at Camp Anaconda, located north of Baghdad. Read the remainder of this entry »