National Guardsmen Win $85M In KBR Toxin Suit

Law360, New York (November 5, 2012, 1:21 PM EST) -- Contracting firm KBR Inc. must pay $85 million to 12 National Guard members who allegedly suffered emotional distress after the company exposed them to toxic chemical agents at one of its sites in Iraq, an Oregon federal jury decided Friday.

In a unanimous verdict, the jury found that KBR negligently exposed the guardsmen to sodium dichromate at Iraq's Qarmat Ali water facility, in violation of a government contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that obligated KBR to safeguard personnel from environmental risks.

Each guardsman...
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