Thursday, March 30, 2017

Burn Pit Lawsuit: Court Holds Evidentiary Hearing On Jurisdictional Issues

The Court held a 3-day evidentiary hearing on March 9, 10 and 13, 2017 in the Burn Pit Litigation. The lawsuit was brought by veterans, private military contractor employees and civilian government employees, who allege toxic exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The Court heard the live testimony of witnesses and evidence was submitted by the parties to the case on the issue as to whether the Court has subject-matter jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit. 

Prior to the hearing, the judge had ordered that the depositions of multiple witnesses be conducted and that extensive documentary records be produced including electronically data.

At the conclusion of the hearing the Court indicated that a written opinion would be forthcoming.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Senators Klobuchar and Tillis Introduce a Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits

The Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs to better understand the health effects associated with burn pits and treat veterans who become sick after exposure. S.319 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Burn Pit Lawsuit Hearing Rescheduled to March 2017

The Court has rescheduled the evidentiary hearing to March 9 and 10, 2017. At that time the Court will determine whether it has subject matter jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit. The Court entered an Order setting forth the new hearing dates.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Burn Pits: The Things That They Burned

The following article is authored bj Jennifer Percy and is shared from newrepublic.com

"Everything—all the trash of the war—was thrown in a burn pit, soaked with jet fuel, and torched. There were hundreds of open-air garbage dumps, spread out across Afghanistan and Iraq, right next to encampments where American soldiers lived and worked, ate and slept. The pits burned day and night, many of them around the clock, seven days a week. There were backyard-size pits lit by patrols of a few dozen men, and massive, industrial-size pits designed to incinerate the endless stream of waste produced by U.S. military bases. Camp Speicher, in Iraq, produced so much trash that it had to operate seven burn pits simultaneously. At the height of the surge, according to the Military Times, Joint Base Balad was churning out three times more garbage than Juneau, Alaska, which had a comparable population. Balad’s pit, situated in the northwest corner of the base, spanned ten acres and burned more than 200 tons of trash a day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Contractors sickened by military burn pits left to fend for themselves

Today's post is shared from foxnews.com:
"It’s known as “the new Agent Orange.”
Thousands of soldiers have fallen gravely ill or even died from exposure to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they are not the only ones who have gotten sick. Civilian workers and private contractors are also suffering maladies including cancer, respiratory problems and blood disorders and, like military victims, they say they are being ignored.
But private employees often don't even have the Veterans Administration to lean on.
“Who’s responsible for us? Who’s going to start taking care of us?” asked Bobby Elesky, 52, a vet-turned-private contractor who worked out of Kandahar during the war in Afghanistan.

Click here to read the entire article.
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The exposed individuals and their families brought a lawsuit against KBR for its allegedly improper use of the burn pits and for failing to warn veterans and civilians of the hazards of being exposed.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Burn Pit Case Hearing to Start December 13, 2016

The Court will hold an evidentiary hearing on December 13 and 14, 2016 to determine whether the Court has subject matter jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit. The Court entered an Order setting the new hearing dates. The new dates are  two days earlier than previously rescheduled.

The Second Case Management Order, entered earlier,  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.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Denver Hospital Awarded $11.5 Million to Study Burn Pit Lung Illness

Researchers at National Jewish Health will seek to understand why warfighters deployed to Southwest Asia suffer increased rates of respiratory disease and test potential treatments thanks to$11.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Defense. The grants, awarded through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, take advantage of a unique cohort of 100 previously deployed veterans with lung disease and leverage the expertise at National Jewish Health in lung disease and repair.