In November, a jury found KBR, the military's largest contractor, guilty of negligence in the poisoning of a dozen soldiers, and ordered the company to pay $85 million in damages. Jurors found KBR knew both of the presence and toxicity of the chemical. Other lawsuits against KBR are pending.
KBR, however, says taxpayers should be on the hook for the verdict, as well as more than $15 million the company has spent in its failed legal defense, according to court documents and attorneys involved with the case.
KBR's contract with the U.S. to rebuild Iraq's oil infrastructure after the 2003 invasion includes an indemnity agreement protecting the company from legal liability, KBR claims in court filings. That agreement, KBR insists, means the federal government must pay the company's legal expenses plus the verdict won by 12 members of the Oregon National Guard who were exposed to the toxin at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.
It's unclear how many defense contractors have secret indemnification agreements with the military. Under the law, most government agencies are banned from entering open-ended indemnification agreements
, but the Pentagon and a handful of other agencies were exempted in an executive order signed by President Richard Nixon
Another defense contractor, formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton, knowingly poisons our troops and wants the government not only to let them off but also to pay their legal costs.
I read this with tears in my eyes and now am just furious. We will never stop paying for the GOP years of excess and feed the friend mentality.
Jan 10, '13
by kalevra, BSN
Capitalism at its finest. They have no loyalty same as AIG. How do we as a society tolerate such blatant acts of disrespect!!
It is time to cut ties with organizations that dare to back stab Americans.
Soldiers were exposed to these chemicals just like Vietnam veterans were exposed to agent orange. Its sad to hear a soldier had to eat a chicken patty covered in the stuff because the wind blew it into his food. He kept eating it because it was his only ration for the day. This is heartbreaking, something needs to be done.
Last edit by kalevra on Jan 10, '13