Supreme Court to move foward with lawsuit against KBR, Inc. for burn pits it operated on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan

Post Date: March 11, 2015 | Category: Justice Abroad

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Recently, the Supreme Court found that lawsuits against the American contractor that operated the burn pits, KBR, could move forward. KBR had argued that it couldn’t be sued because it had operated the burn pits for the government. The Court issued no statement, but the lawsuits will go back to trial courts.

The high court denied a petition by the Houston-based company to consider arguments in cases that allege the contractor and former parent corporation, Halliburton, acted negligently while operating open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan and other facilities, resulting in death and illness of U.S. troops.

KBR had sought the court's opinion because it says the suits should be dismissed on the basis that, as a combat-support company, KBR should share the same immunity that shields the U.S. government from litigation over war injuries. KBR also says the judicial branch does not have authority to rule on political decisions made by the executive branch.

The burn-pit lawsuits, known as Alan Metzgar et al v. KBR Inc., are a collection of suits from across the country by plaintiffs who say they developed respiratory illnesses, neurological disorders, cancer and skin diseases from living and working near open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They say the pits were used to incinerate refuse that included plastics, computer parts, medical waste and heavy metals, releasing toxins such as dioxin and volatile organic compounds into the air.

The following is a list of locations where burn pits allegedly operated:

Iraq:

  • Abu Ghraib Prison
  • Al Asad Air Base
  • Al Quo
  • Al Taqaddum (Ridgeway)
  • Ali Air Base (formerly Talil Air Base)
  • Al-Sahra aka Camp Speicher
  • Baghdad International Airport (BIAP)
  • Balad Air Base
  • Baqubah (FOB) (Warhorse)
  • Camp Adder, Talil Air Base
  • Camp Al Taji (Army Airfield)
  • Camp Anderson
  • Camp Ar Ramadi
  • Camp Bucca
  • Camp Cedar I and I, Talil Air Base
  • Camp Chesty
  • Camp Courage, Mosul
  • Camp Cropper
  • Camp (FOB) Delta, Al Kut
  • Camp Echo, Diwaynia
  • Camp Geiger
  • Camp Liberty (aka Camp Trashcan)
  • Camp Loyalty
  • Camp or LSA Anaconda
  • Camp Ridgeway (Al Taquaddum)
  • Camp Rustamiyah
  • Camp Scania
  • Camp Shield, Baghdad
  • Camp Speicher aka Al Sahra Airfield (formerly FOB)
  • Camp Stryker
  • Camp Victory
  • COB Meade, Camp Liberty
  • Diwaynia
  • Fallujah
  • FOB Caldwell, Kirkuk
  • FOB Endurance, Qayyarah Airfield West/Saddam Air Base
  • FOB Freedom, Kirkuk
  • FOB Gabe, Baqubah
  • FOB Marez, Mosul
  • FOB Summerall (Bayji and Taji)
  • FOB Sykes (Tall' Afar)
  • FOB Warrior, Kirkuk
  • Green Zone or International Zone
  • Kalsu
  • Kirkuk
  • Kut Al Hayy Airbase
  • Mosul
  • Navstar
  • Q-West, Qayyarah Airfield West/Saddam Air Base
  • Scania
  • Taji
  • Talil Air Base (now is Ali Air Base)
  • Tall' Afar

Afghanistan:

  • Bagram Air Base
  • Camp Bastion Airfield
  • FOB Fenty, Jalalabad
  • FOB Orgun-East
  • FOB Salerno
  • FOB Sharana 
  • Jalalabad
  • Kabul
  • Kandahar

Other or Undisclosed Countries:

  • Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (Camden Yards)
  • Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait
  • Djibouti, Africa
  • Doha, Qatar
  • FOB Andrea
  • FOB Hammer aka Butler Range
  • FOB McHenry
  • Former FOB Gains Mills

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