Last month we reported on a defense contractor's failed attempt to have Iraqi law applied to a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the contractor knowingly exposed members of the Oregon National Guard to hexavalent chromium while they were serving in Iraq. The Seattle Times reports that a jury in that case has awarded a total of $75 million in punitive damages. The verdict requires Halliburton spin-off Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) to pay $850,000 in compensatory damages and $6.25 million in punitive damages to each of the 12 plaintiffs. This one is almost certainly headed to the Ninth Circuit.
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