Defense contractor may seek legal defense funds

| 7/8/2009

Uncle Sam may be paying to protect one of the defense contractors that provided services – including trucking – in Iraq.

KBR is battling three lawsuits stemming from an attack on a truck convoy in April 2004 in which six truck drivers died, 15 were injured, and one remains missing and presumed dead. The plaintiffs claim KBR did not take appropriate measures to protect the truck drivers.

An attorney for KBR told the Houston Chronicle that if the cases go to trial, KBR could ask the government to accept responsibility for the legal fees under its contract.

The idea isn’t sitting well with the plaintiffs’ attorneys. One claims that asking the government to foot the bill for defense or any judgments essentially is passing the buck on responsibility.