Wednesday, November 21, 2012

United States Sues Houston-based KBR and Kuwaiti Subcontractor for False Claims on Contracts to House American Troops in Iraq


The United States has filed a civil complaint against Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR) and First Kuwaiti Trading Company for submitting inflated claims for the delivery and installation of trailers to house troops in Iraq, the Justice Department announced today.  KBR is headquartered in Houston.  First Kuwaiti, a KBR subcontractor, is based in Kuwait. 

KBR is the Army’s primary contractor for logistical support in Iraq.  On Dec. 14, 2001, t he Army awarded KBR the LOGCAP III contract, the third generation of contracts under the Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) since the program’s inception in the 1980s.  LOGCAP III required KBR to provide logistical support in the military theater whenever and wherever it was needed.  Support included services such as transportation, dining services, facilities management, maintenance and living accommodations for United States and coalition forces.  LOGCAP III was originally awarded to Brown and Root Services, a division of KBR.  The United States has paid KBR tens of billions of dollars for logistical support services since awarding the contract. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

In Honor of Our Veterans - Veterans Day 2012

Changing of The Guard Ceremony
Arlington National Cemetary
(c) 2012 Jon L. Gelman

Saturday, November 3, 2012

$85 Million Verdict Against KBR for Negligently Exposing Soldiers to Toxins in Iraq


An Oregon jury returned an $85 Million verdict against Kellog Brown & Root (KBR), a US Iraq War contractor, for exposing Oregon soldiers to toxins and causing them illness. 

After a 3 week trial, the jury deliberated 2 days, and found KBR guilty of negligently exposing the American soldiers to sodium dichromate, a cancer causing toxin substance containing hexavalent chromium. The soldiers complained of respiratory ailments after being exposed in Iraq near a water treatment plant.

similar lawsuit is now pending in the US Court in Maryland alleging that KBR, and others, exposed US soldiers to toxins from burn pits that were built, constructed or maintained for waste disposal. Those soldiers, and their families, allege that many conditions including respiratory ailments and cancers were caused by the exposure.

Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits. Contact Attorney Jon L. Gelman LLC, e-mail jon@gelmans.com