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Judge Allows Oregon Guardsman Cancer Suit To Continue


A federal magistrate in Portland has granted a procedural win for some Oregon soldiers.

The Guardsmen are trying to sue a major military contractor for their exposure to carcinogenic material in Iraq.

Judge Paul Papak says the group of 21 soldiers may continue their suit against Kellogg, Brown, and Root.

The men were guarding the Qarmat Ali water treatment plan in 2003.

They believe they were exposed to hexavalent chromium. It’s known to cause cancer.

A separate group of soldiers was told by a judge in Indiana that his court had no jurisdiction to hear a similar claim.

But Judge Papak found that an Oregon venue is proper, for the claims the defendants raised.

The soldiers’ attorney, David Sugerman, described his clients’ reaction: “A lot of excitement. People were very pleased. These soldiers want their day in court, recognizing the courthouse is open is a big thing for them."

Preparations for a trial may now move forward.

KBR officials say they are disappointed with the ruling, and intend to continue their defense. The company maintains there was no hazardous exposure.

Preparations for a trial may now move forward.

KBR officials say they are disappointed with the ruling, and intend to continue their defense. The company maintains there was no hazardous exposure.

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