The trial lawyers are salivating:
Blackwater loses bid to move suit to federal court
Blackwater loses appeal in deaths of four in Iraqi city
Blackwater suit stays in N.C. court:
A wrongful-death lawsuit filed by families of Americans killed and strung up on a bridge in Iraq stays in a North Carolina state court, the federal appeals court in Richmond ruled yesterday.
Three judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided they had no jurisdiction to hear the appeal filed by Blackwater Security Consulting, the Moyock, N.C.-based company that employed the four dead men.
The families initially filed the lawsuit in state court. Blackwater wanted the case tried in U.S. District Court and tried to move it there.
But the federal judge found that his court lacked jurisdiction in the matter and sent it back to state court. Blackwater appealed.
The lawsuit makes wrongful-death and fraud claims.
This has been below the radar screen, but we need to start paying attention. This nation made a decision to maintain a small military -- we do that, in part, by contracting out more and more military-related work.
We cannot have our cake and eat it, too.
Either we radically increase the size of our military or change the laws pertaining to defense security consulting.
If we do nothing, the trial lawyers will tie our hands in defending this country.