Tags: Blackwater, Good Friday Massacre, independent contractor
Reports of new attempts to pierce the protections afforded to employers under the Defense Base Act have been popping up throughout the news world.
The daughter of a Michigan man apparently killed by friendly fire is embarking on a wrongful death suit against KBR, who most disgustingly appears to have misled the family as to the nature of the employee’s death.
Also, see my previous posting regarding a this pending class action lawsuit against KBR.
Now, families of Blackwater security contractors recently lost their bid before a an Administrative Law Judge to sue Blackwater for wrongful death based on the contractors alleged status as independent contractors. I have neither read the opinion in this case, nor the briefs from either party, but I can imagine that Blackwater’s victory here was based on the traditional definitions of independent contractor agreements.