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High Court Looks At Military Funeral Protests

YORK, Pa. - (AP) One thing Al Snyder wants to make clear: His boy fought and died for freedom in Iraq, but not for the right of some "wackos" to spew hate at soldiers' funerals under the protection of the Constitution. "It's an insult to myself, my family and the veterans. . ....

High Court Wants Justice Brief On Abu Ghraib Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court wants to hear what the Obama administration thinks before deciding whether to hear an appeal from former detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq over claims of abuse by defense contractors. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Supreme Court To Hear Military Funeral Protest Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The father of a Marine killed in Iraq is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 million verdict against members of a fundamentalist church who picketed his son's funeral with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA." The court...

U.S. Supreme Court Struggles With Funeral Protest Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral. The complexity and weightiness of the First Amendment issue were palpable in...

Middle Eastern Law Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis Middle Eastern Law Toolbox, our bazaar which highlights legal content of particular Middle Eastern nations in our database. New to working in the region? Our Guide to International Legal Research chapter on the Middle East may help you get oriented! In addition to the...

Blackwater Lawsuit Tossed 7 Years After Grisly Deaths

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit that blamed the security company formerly known as Blackwater for the deaths of four contractors killed in a grisly 2004 ambush on the restive streets of Iraq. U.S. District Judge James C. Fox said court-ordered arbitration fell apart because...

Contractor Wants Iraqi Law To Decide Pennsylvania Lawsuit

PITTSBURGH - (AP) Attorneys for Houston-based military contractor KBR Inc. have asked a federal judge in Pittsburgh to apply Iraqi law to a lawsuit filed by the mother of a Pittsburgh-area soldier who was electrocuted while showering at a U.S. military base in Iraq. U.S. District Judge Nora Berry Fischer...

Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Pay $76.9 Million To Settle Foreign Bribery Claims

(Mealey's) Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and subsidiary DePuy International Ltd. will pay $76.9 million to resolve criminal and civil allegations in the United States and in the United Kingdom that they paid kickbacks to doctors in Greece, Poland, Romania and Iraq to use the companies' drugs...

DynCorp To Pay $7.7 Million In Whistleblower Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Leading U.S. contractor DynCorp International has agreed to pay $7.7 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it submitted false claims for a State Department civilian police training program in Iraq. The Justice Department announced Friday that DynCorp subcontractor The Saudi Group...

Iraqi Lawmakers Approve $400 Million Payment To Americans

BAGHDAD - (AP) Iraqi lawmakers approved a controversial $400 million settlement Saturday for Americans who claim they were abused by Saddam Hussein's regime during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The settlement is part of a deal reached between Baghdad and Washington last year to end years of legal...

Federal Judge Tosses Part Of Blackwater Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Friday tossed out parts of a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company once known as Blackwater but is allowing key claims to proceed to trial. The rulings from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III mean that, absent a last-minute settlement...

Judge Dismisses Blackwater Founder From Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge dismissed Blackwater founder Erik Prince from a civil lawsuit alleging his former security firm cheated the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a ruling made public Friday. Former Blackwater employees...

Texas Woman Loses Iraq Rape Case Against KBR

HOUSTON - (AP) A former KBR Inc. employee who said she was drugged and raped while working in Iraq lost her lawsuit against the military contractor Friday. The jury of eight men and three women rejected Jamie Leigh Jones' claims a day after starting deliberations in a Houston federal courthouse....

Firm Once Known As Blackwater Faces Another Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A current worker and a former employee of the security contractor previously known as Blackwater have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, the second such suit filed against the firm, according to documents unsealed Thursday. The lawsuit i n U.S. District Court alleges...

Judge: Lawsuit Against Former Blackwater 'Hangs By A Thread'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A jury will continue to hear a civil lawsuit alleging fraud by the security contractor once known as Blackwater, but a judge said Tuesday the case "hangs by a thread." Lawyers for Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, asked the judge to dismiss the case. It alleges Blackwater...

Judge Allows American To Sue Donald Rumsfeld Over Torture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A federal judge has ruled that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by a former U.S. military contractor who says he was tortured during a nine-month imprisonment in Iraq. The lawsuit lays out a dramatic tale of the disappearance of the...

Virginia Jury Rules In Favor Of Blackwater In Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A jury ruled Friday in favor of the security firm once known as Blackwater, rejecting two former employees' claims that the company overbilled the State Department for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ex-employees Brad and Melan Davis alleged that Blackwater, now known as...

7th Circuit Allows Another Torture Lawsuit Against Donald Rumsfeld

CHICAGO - (AP) A lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of personal responsibility for U.S. forces allegedly torturing two American whistleblowers who worked for an Iraqi contracting firm will be allowed to move forward, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The ruling from the 7th...

Iraq’s Secret Prisoners, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

In 2011, the Iraqi government announced that it had closed the misnamed Camp Honor, a prison located in Baghdad's "Green Zone" where prisoners were tortured. According to Human Rights Watch, the prison remains open today and is still being used for secret detentions and torture. The...

The Cyrus Cylinder, International Human Rights Day and the Rule of Law

As many celebrate International Human Rights Day today (December 10 th ), a 2500-year-old inscribed stone, the Cyrus Cylinder reminds us that human rights are a complex issue with which humankind has struggled with throughout history. In 2013, the British Museum will lend the clay cylinder for a...

We Still Don't Punish Contractors for Slavery on U.S. Bases

By Samir Goswami U.S. military bases overseas rely on contracted migrant labor for things like food services and laundry-a system that has long imperiled the rights of foreign workers serving the very missions that claim to promote freedom. Though President Obama this year pledged to crack down on...

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was...

Iraq War Army Veteran Now Immigration Reform Activist

"Francisco Lema has become an immigration activist — in great part because the Ecuadorian-born Iraq war veteran has family members who are undocumented. “I still have some relatives that live here in New York, that unfortunately don’t have their papers,” said Lema, 33, who...

News Excerpts From The Feb. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Releases Plan to Protect Detainees with Mental Disorders | The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) recently released the first phase of a nationwide plan to provide heightened protections for unrepresented detainees with mental disorders. (The document is reprinted at Appendix A ....

CA6 on Iraq, Chaldean Christians, Asylum, Misrepresentation: Yousif v. Lynch

"Because the IJ did not determine whether, at the time that Yousif submitted his application, contemporary conditions in Iraq were so dangerous for Chaldean Christians that Yousif would have been eligible for asylum based solely upon his religion, the IJ failed to determine whether Yousif’s...