Burn Pit Lawsuit

Update: On March 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated the February 2013 dismissal by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and remanded In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit Litigation to the district court for further proceedings. 

On Feb. 27, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed the burn pit lawsuits that were consolidated in In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit Litigation.

On April 5, 2010, the plaintiffs filed Jobes v. KBR, Inc. et al., alleging that prolonged exposure to burn pits' smoke, ash and fumes caused injuries such as chronic illnesses, risk of illnesses and wrongful death. The injured plaintiffs allege the defendants had a duty to warn U.S. service members and civilians working and living around burn pits of the health and safety issues but failed to properly do so. The burn pit lawsuits, filed across the country, were consolidated in In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit Litigation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the Honorable Roger W. Titus.

Plaintiffs also allege these contractors used open-air burn pits, as opposed to other, safer alternatives, to increase profits. Items disposed of in burn pits may have included hazardous medical waste, hydraulic fluids, lithium batteries, tires, trucks and more.

The defendants that were contracted to provide waste disposal services for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are Texas-based contractors KBR, Inc.; Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc.; Kellogg, Brown & Root LLC; and Halliburton Company. The plaintiffs seek accountability from KBR/Halliburton for their alleged negligent acts, as well as monetary damages to compensate them for physical injuries, emotional distress, fear of future disease, and the need for continued medical treatment and monitoring.

We welcome you to contact us if you have a question about the burn pit litigation. Contact Motley Rice attorney Joe Rice by email or call 1.800.768.4026.