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Private Contract Pays $5 Million to Settle Abu Ghraib Torture Lawsuit

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by Publius
Posted January 09, 2013, 1:02 PM

JURIST reports:

A military contractor that was accused in a lawsuit by former detainees of the Abu Ghraib prison of conspiring to torture detainees has paid $5.28 million to detainees held at the prison and other US detention centers in Iraq. The detainees filed suit against two military defense contractors in federal court in 2008 for alleged torture occurring over a period of four years. The cases against CACI International Inc. and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. were dismissed in September 2011 on the grounds that the companies have immunity as government contractors. A 14-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 12-2 in May that the dismissal was premature. L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. settled the dispute and each of the former detainees who were parties to the lawsuit received a portion of the settlement. The case against CACI is likely to go to trial this summer.

A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit dismissed the claims against CACI International Inc. and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. in September 2011, holding that federal law protecting civilian contractors acting under the control of the US military in a combat situation preempted the plaintiffs' tort claims based in state law. . . .

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