Political Question Bars KBR Electrocution Suit: 4th Circ.

Law360, New York (September 21, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday upheld military contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc.'s victory in a lawsuit brought by a U.S. Marine who was severely electrocuted at a military base in Iraq, ruling the dispute involved political questions that courts could not decide.

According to the suit, KBR electricians powered up a generator at a military base near Fallujah, Iraq, while plaintiff Peter Taylor was installing a wiring box, even though the technicians were warned to hold back.

Frequent power outages had pushed Taylor and...
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