DC Circ. Snuffs Out $2B Iraq War Contractor Mass Tort Claims

Law360, Washington (June 2, 2015, 8:57 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday quashed an appeal from a group of badly wounded war-zone workers seeking to bring class claims alleging defense contractors and insurance companies, including Halliburton Corp. and American International Group Inc., withheld workers’ compensation, leaving only individual disability claims.

Class-wide tort claims and those brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act were properly dismissed by a D.C. federal judge, the D.C. Circuit said. The workers' claims that the companies refused to pay for injuries are barred from the courts by the Longshore Act and the Defense Base...

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