Wrongful Death Suit Against KBR Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Houston military contractor KBR, brought by the mother of a Pittsburgh-area soldier. The soldier was electrocuted in his barracks shower at an army base in Iraq.


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U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer ruled that KBR couldn’t be held liable for the death because military commanders — not the contractor — made decisions on where to house soldiers and whether buildings with substandard electrical systems were suitable or not.

Attorneys for Cheryl Maseth, the mother of Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth, say they’ll appeal to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

All parties agree Maseth died in 2008, when an improperly grounded water pump electrified his shower water.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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