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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Pentagon Probing $400M Border Wall Contract

The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job, and whom President Trump touted to the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security.

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