Here’s the update on Oregon National Guard soldiers case against KBR. By way of background, members of the Oregon National Guard who served in Iraq in 2003 were exposed to sodium dichromate while protecting KBR employees at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant. We filed the case this summer.
It has grown. We filed an amended complaint a few weeks ago. I’m still having problems with uploads, so I can’t seem to get the pdf to load. Apologies. Once we get the bugs ironed out, I’ll update.
For those tracking this case, it’s Bixby, et al v. KBR, U.S. District Court Case No. 3:09-CV-632-PK (D. Or.) The other update is that the KBR defendants have filed a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.
Jurisdiction is one of those dry but important issues. KBR believes that it should not have to defend this case in Oregon. We’ll be doing discovery over the coming month and then responding and should have a ruling in late fall.