Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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.