Contractor Loss Slams Door On Military Torture Suits

Law360, New York (November 13, 2012, 10:34 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit's recent en banc rejection of monetary damages for government contractors allegedly tortured in Iraq essentially blocks out federal torture suits against the U.S. military, part of a trend of rulings that have made it difficult for plaintiffs to win cases where national security is implicated, attorneys say.

The two plaintiffs, defense contractors Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel, sued former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for creating and carrying out the policies that led to their alleged torture. They base their claims on the...
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