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AIG may have overcharged KBR and other contractors for Defense Base Act Coverage February 29, 2008

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This comes as no surprise to many, but AIG may have been lining its pockets at the expense U.S. taxpayers. AIG is currently under investigation for overcharging KBR Inc., the Army’s largest contractor in Iraq, possibly by tens of millions. The money paying for these overpriced premiums comes from tax payers as part of the $23+ Billion contract KBR has with the Department of Defense.  AIG actually gets to charge the American tax payer twice, because your tax dollars not only pay the premiems, but also reimburse AIG for what it pays out on the 15,000+ Defense Base Act claims filed with AIG since 2003.

In case you missed this story, read more about it below in an article from Bloomberg.com by Tony Capaccio:   


In outsourced U.S. wars, contractor deaths top 1,000 February 29, 2008

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In outsourced U.S. wars, contractor deaths top 1,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The death toll for private contractors in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has topped 1,000, a stark reminder of the risks run by civilians working with the military in roles previously held by soldiers.

A further 13,000 contractors have been wounded in the two separate wars led by the United States against enemies who share fundamentalist Islamic beliefs and the hit-and-run tactics that drain conventional armies.

The casualty toll is based on figures the U.S. Department of Labor provided to Reuters in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act and on locally gathered data.

The department said it had recorded 990 deaths – 917 in Iraq and 73 in Afghanistan – by the end of March. Since then, according to incident logs tallied by Reuters in Baghdad and Kabul, at least 16 contractors have died in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.


Welcome to Herbert Chestnut & Associates’s Defense Base Act Blog February 28, 2008

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We hope that this blog will serve as a resource to many, especially to injured contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. My name is Aaron Walter and I’m an attorney in Atlanta, GA. Myself and Mr. Chestnut will be frequently posting on this site with news, commentary, and with tips from our experience with Defense Base Act practice.  As you may or may not know, the Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act which just happens to cover the many employees hired to work overseas by companies contracted by the Department of Defense. Unfortunately, the laws concerning this type of Workers’ Compensation are complicated, which only throws already stressed contractors and their families into further crises.

 Many of the questions you may have can be answered by visiting our website at http://www.chestnutlegal.com. It contains what, to our knowledge, is the internet’s most extensive Defense Base Act Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as well as calculators to help you determine the benefits you may be owed, and other useful resources.

Our firm specializes in Longshore/Defense Base Act cases as well as Workers’ Compensation cases from the state of Georgia. However, we represent Longshore/Defense Base Act claimant’s from all over the country. No matter where you live, please feel free to contact us by email or by phone if you have any questions regarding your individual case. Even if we never represent you in your case, we believe that every injured contractor is entitled to ensure that their rights are preserved. Contacting a lawyer with detailed knowledge in this field is the best way that you can ensure that you are protected.


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