Judge Ends $2B Benefits Action Against Halliburton, Insurers

Law360, New York (December 21, 2012, 2:44 PM EST) -- A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday tossed a $2 billion proposed class action accusing government contractors and insurance carriers, including Halliburton Corp. and Continental Casualty Co., of withholding health benefits from badly wounded workers, calling the lawsuit an end-run around required administrative review.

In granting 14 motions to dismiss covering 23 corporations, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said that while war-zone workers had heart-rending tales of brain damage from bomb blasts and parasitic disease from sandfly bites, they were obligated to follow protocol established...
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