Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Class Action Suit Against Military Contractors Will Go to Trial

A federal district court ruled today that a class action lawsuit against CACI, a military contractor, brought by Iraqis detained at Abu Ghraib prison can go forward.  Having lost this summary judgment motion, CACI will now have to face a jury trial (unless the suit settles).   As I understand it, this is the first suit against a contractor to get this far.  Claims against the firm providing translators, formerly known as Titan, were dismissed.  The suit was brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights along with a private lawyer, Akeel Valentine PC, and more details can be found on the CCR website here.

I am very keen to see how this jury trial unfolds.  The court has many procedural options before it and CACI can still present the combatant activities/government contractor defense to the jury. 

ADL

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