Iraq War contractor ordered to pay National Guardsmen $85M over toxic chemical exposure

Image: pogoblog.typepad.com A jury on Friday ordered an American military…

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A jury on Friday ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq War.

After a three-week trial, the jury deliberated for just two days before reaching a decision against the contractor, Kellogg Brown and Root.

Each Army National Guardsman was awarded $850,000 in non-economic damages and another $6.25 million in punitive damages for “reckless and outrageous indifference” to their health in the trial in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Source: NBC News

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