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Supreme Court Rejects Appeals by Government Contractors

Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth was electrocuted in his barracks in Iraq in 2008.

A lawsuit filed by the family of a U.S. Staff Sergeant has been allowed to go forward by the U.S. Supreme Court. Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth was electrocuted in his barracks in Iraq in 2008.

According to a Reuters report, the family had brought the lawsuit against government contractor KBR, who was repsonsible for maintaining the facility where Maseth died.

Other lawsuits against government contractors will go forward as well per the Supreme Court's decision to decline to hear the appeals by KBR and Halliburton.

There are a series of cases against private contractors concerning their liability for actions that took place in Iraq and Afghanistan, Reuters reported. Plaintiffs sue companies because the U.S. military generally cannot be sued over such issues. Courts have struggled over whether to allow the lawsuits to proceed.

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