2010-10-07 / Local & State

KBR Tries Again To Dismiss Pa. Electrocution Suit

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Attorneys for Houston-based military contractor KBR Inc. again want a federal judge in Pittsburgh to dismiss a lawsuit by the mother of a Pittsburgh area soldier electrocuted in 2008 in Iraq.

An appeals court in August refused to dismiss the lawsuit after KBR argued it can’t be sued for military decisions.

The lawsuit contends KBR is responsible because it maintained the barracks where the Army says a water pump shorted out and electrified Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth’s shower water.

KBR attorneys say three Army investigations completed during the appeal have showed no one agency or company is to blame for such deaths, and that court rulings in similar cases bolster their argument that they can’t be sued for “military’’ decisions, such as which preexisting buildings were used to house soldiers.

The plaintiffs have until Oct. 8 to respond to KBR’s request that a judge issue an expedited schedule to consider arguments and evidence to dismiss the case.

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