Ex-Blackwater Contractors Must Arbitrate Retaliation Claims

Law360, New York (April 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT) -- An arbitrator can decide if two former Blackwater Worldwide contractors must arbitrate their allegations that the private military contractor fired them after they testified in a False Claims Act case, a Virginia federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said that the two independent contractors who had worked for Academi Training Center Inc. — previously known as Blackwater and Xe Services LLC, among other names — in Iraq and Afghanistan had signed on to independent contract service agreements whose terms made it clear...
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