Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Burn Pit Lawsuit: Hearing on Jurisdictional Issues December 15 and 16, 2016

A revised Case Management Order (CMO) has been entered by the Court in the Burn Pit Lawsuit. The Second Amended CMO provides that the Court will hold an evidentiary hearing on December 15 and 16, 2016 to determine whether the Court has subject matter jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit.

The Order directs that the parties (Service members and KBR) and the United States Government, to exchange information so that the Court may make a determination as to whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case against Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) for alleged negligence involving Iraq and Afghanistan burn pit sites.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Senators Tillis and Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

Sen. Thom Tillis (NC)
U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits. Many believe the smoke produced from the burning of waste on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan has exposed servicemembers to harmful substances.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

KBR Performance at Issue - Hearing Scheduled Sept 2016

A revised Case Management Order (CMO) has been entered by the Court in the Burn Pit Lawsuit. The amended CMO directs the parties to exchange information so that the Court may make a determination as to whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case against Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR)  for alleged negligence involving Iraq and Afghanistan burn pit sites.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Court Stays Decision on Balad Burn Pit

       

      
       On December 23, 2015, the Court hearing the Burn Pit Lawsuit ruled in favor of the service-members and  stayed the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on the Balad Burn Pit issue. The Court also extended further discovery. The Honorable Roger W. Titus, US District Court Judge, held a hearing, on short notice, and determined that it was premature to make a decision as to  defendant Kellogg Brown & Root’s (KBR) involvement in the Balad burn pit. Click here to read the Order 352.

Monday, December 7, 2015

KBR’s Electronically Stored Information About Burn Pits at Issue

On Friday, December 4, 2015 the Court trying the Burn Pit Lawsuit held a hearing on the scope of KBR’s requirement to produce Electronically Stored Information (ESI). The Court did not yet reach a determination and has re-listed the matter on Monday, December 14, 2015. The Court requested that the US Attorney appear in an effort to assist in defining the scope of the production.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

President Obama Signs the Expansion of Burn Pit Registry

Today President Barack Obama signed into law the expansion provisions of the Burn Pit Registry Act. The new law mandates that the Department of Defense (DoD) will provide the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Burn Pit Registry data. The VA will use the information to develop information concerning medical conditions following veteran's exposures to burn pit dust, fumes and other pollution generated from the use of burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Social Security: Burn Pit Lung Illness is a Disability

The Social Security Disability program has listed Obliterative Bronchiolitis as a disability under its Compassionate Allowances Conditions (CAL). Obliterative Bronchiolitis is a pulmonary/lung disability causally connected to exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.