Hexavalent chromium: 9th Circuit Court says suit by Oregon Guard against KBR can go forward


Memo to Oregon Army National Guard vets and the war contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root:

Get ready for trial.

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied KBR's request for an unusual early review that could have stalled or stopped the veterans' lawsuit against it. Thirty six Oregon vets allege they were exposed to a cancer-causing chemical while guarding KBR and Halliburton operations early in the Iraq war and suffer serious health problems as a result. The ruling means attorneys will prepare for a jury trial in Portland later next year. The Oregon case has already proceeded further than similar suits in other states and shone an unprecedented spotlight into the secretive business of military contracting.

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