The family of a US Soldier filed and won a wrongful death lawsuit against a Kuwait-based contractor after one of the company’s vehicles collided with the soldier’s Humvee in a truck accident. The soldier was killed while in Iraq and his family was awarded $5 million in the verdict. The lawsuit claimed that the company was negligent for its failure to provide safe passage on the road where the soldier was struck and killed. The US District Court Judge found that a US court did have jurisdiction over the foreign contractor and could legally find it negligent. This suit theoretically opens the door to more foreign contractor lawsuits.
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