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.

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

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...