ICE Contractor Tasked With Immigration Arrests Faces Class Action

Instead of planning for her future once she is released from a California state prison, Gabriela Solano, who was brought to the United States when she was 2 years old, filed a class action complaint Monday seeking to prevent an ICE contractor from arresting her for deportation.

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Plane Crash

he Eleventh Circuit upheld a ruling in favor of a government contractor on a widow’s complaint alleging it failed to properly maintain an F-16 that her husband was flying when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Death on the High Seas Act applies to the case and precludes the widow’s warranty and contract claims.

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Judge Considers Blocking California Private Prison Ban

Calling a pair of lawsuits brought by private prison operator GEO Group and the federal government challenging the constitutionality of California’s private prison ban “fascinating and complex,” a federal judge Thursday suggested she was unlikely to rule the ban discriminates against the federal government or its contractors.

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Suicide Bombing

A federal court in South Carolina denied a military contractor’s motion to dismiss a negligence claim related to a suicide bombing in Afghanistan that injured a U.S. Army soldier. The soldier claims the contractor allowed the bomber to acquire most of the components necessary for the construction of a suicide vest and allowed him the freedom of movement to complete its construction at the base.

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Labor in Detention

A class action suit claiming that the operator of an immigration detention facility’s voluntary labor scheme violated the forced labor prohibition in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act may continue, the Eleventh Circuit ruled, finding that the act applies to “private for-profit contractors operating federal immigration detention facilities.”

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Telecoms

A federal court in Texas ruled in favor of the U.S. government on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei’s constitutional challenge to a law that excludes its and another Chinese company’s products and services from “sensitive United States systems, including government systems and government contractors,” because of security concerns.

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Soleimani Assassination

Kevin Cloyd, a civilian assistant fire chief at a U.S. military base in Iraq, sued KBR for $10 million, claiming he suffered brain injuries in Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack after KBR “ignore(d) the unambiguous threats of retaliation” and “failed to evacuate its workers after the United States assassinated Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Harris County Court.

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