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Friday, January 13, 2012

Defense Base Act Bars Convoy Drivers Lawsuit Against KBR

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled the convoy drivers employed by a defense contractor, KBR,  in Iraq were bared by the Defense Base Act (DBA) which is US law that shields military employers from civil actions. The drivers were injured while performing their jobs for the military contractor in providing logistical support to the military.

Read the Bloomberg news dispatch: KBR Won't Face Trial in Convoy Driver Deaths, Court Rules
"Coverage of an injury under the DBA precludes an employee from recovering from his employer,” even if the worker claims the company was “substantially certain” the injuries would occur, U.S. Circuit Judge Priscilla R. Owen said in a 30-page ruling by the panel."