Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Claims against KBR dismissed in soldier’s death

Posted: 07:15 PM ET

From Abbie Boudreau and Scott Bronstein
CNN Special Investigations Unit

(CNN) — Judges in Texas and Florida have dropped military contractor KBR from lawsuits brought by the family of a soldier who was electrocuted in Iraq, the company announced Tuesday.

Sgt. Christopher Everett died while using a power washer at an American base outside Ramadi, in western Iraq. His was one of nine electrocution deaths in Iraq blamed on “improper grounding or faulty equipment,” according to a Pentagon inspector-general’s report released Monday.

KBR was one of the contractors Everett’s family has sued in connection with his death. But federal courts in Louisiana and Texas have thrown out the family’s claims against the Houston, Texas-based company, KBR announced Tuesday.