Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Increased Respiratory and Cardiovascular Conditions Reported from Burn Pit Exposures

A recent study reports a higher incidence of breathing and heart medical conditions are suffered by soldiers who have been exposure to air pollution caused by burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Burn pits were allegedly used to dispose of all types of waste during the Iraq [Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)] and Afghanistan [Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)] wars.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Former Troops and Scientists Urge Burn Pit Legislation to Support Health Issues

Pending Legislation in the U.S. Senate calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a research center to address the possible effects of exposure to burn pits and other environmental hazards in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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.