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Article

3 Jan 2011

Author:
Jeff Jeffrey, National Law Journal [USA]

Justice for contract workers in America's wars

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll scored a million-dollar settlement in November for a Nepalese subcontractor who was killed while working in Iraq. It was the latest victory in the firm's campaign to enforce World War II-era legislation on behalf of foreign laborers working on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Agnieszka Fryszman, a partner at Cohen Milstein, said that, in the process of representing the Nepalese subcontractors, she and her colleagues uncovered a pattern: U.S. contractors were forcing workers to labor under "horrible" conditions and then summarily shipping them home when they were injured on the job…The firm began in 2006 to develop a pro bono niche in workers' compensation cases under the Defense Base Act. [refers to Daoud & Partners, KBR, Halliburton, Edinburgh International, URS Corp.]

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