Case Study: Fisher V. Halliburton

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 3:42 PM EST) -- On Jan. 12, 2012, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion ending six years of litigation against KBR Inc. and Halliburton over injuries and fatalities to contractor drivers in an insurgent attack on a U.S. military supply-truck convoy in Iraq. This long-awaited opinion is a solid defense of the Defense Base Act[1] as the exclusive remedy provided by Congress for compensating workers who are injured or killed overseas while performing federal contracts.

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