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Third Circuit panel revives KBR electrocution suit.


The AP (8/1, Mandak) reports from Pittsburgh that a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday revived a lawsuit against a military contractor in the death of a Pennsylvania soldier “who was electrocuted in his barracks shower at an Army base in Iraq.” Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth “died in 2008 when an improperly grounded water pump electrified his shower water,” and in their lawsuit, Maseth’s parents “say Houston-based contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. was legally responsible for the shoddy electrical work that was common in Iraqi-built structures taken over by the U.S. military.” US District Judge Nora Barry Fischer dismissed the claim last year, finding that KBR had not authority as a contractor to “order military personnel to do anything,” but the circuit court panel ruled that KBR “had ‘significant discretion’ over how to implement the military’s orders.”


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