Judge Affirms $81 Million Judgment Against Company in Hex Chrome Case

12 Oregon national guardsmen say they were poisoned while using the chemical while stationed in Iraq.

An Oregon judge has affirmed an $81 million ruling against KBR, a former Halliburton subsidiary previously known as Kellogg Brown and Root, in a case where 12 Oregon national guardsmen say they were poisoned while using the chemical hexavalent chromium while stationed in Iraq.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak refused to throw out the original ruling, despite KBR lawyers claiming errors in the case.

"A preponderance of the trial evidence establishes that the trial defendants, by and through their employees or agents, affirmatively misrepresented the extent of the risk posed by sodium dichromate at Qarmat Ali to trial plaintiffs and others in their chain of command, and failed to disclose the extent of that risk to any trial plaintiff," Judge Papak said in his ruling.

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