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KBR Ordered to Pay Troops $85 Million in Chromium Case

KBR Inc., the largest U.S. military contractor, must pay 12 U.S. soldiers $85 million in noneconomic and punitive damages for negligently exposing the troops to toxic chromium dust at a company worksite in Iraq in 2003, a federal court jury in Portland, Oregon, said.

The case was the first to go to trial against Houston-based KBR over injuries suffered by its employees or by troops guarding the workers at company sites in Iraq. The company has previously won favorable rulings that allowed it to avoid trial in lawsuits by soldiers and employees claiming injuries from the U.S. war in Iraq beginning in 2003.