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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Albazzaz v. Blackwater (Sept. 9, 2007 Baghdad Shooting)

The families of Ali Hussamaldeen Albazzaz, Kadhum Kayiz Aziz, and Sa’ad Raheem Jarallah, who were killed when Blackwater personnel fired on bystanders in and around Al Watahba Square in Baghdad on Sept. 9, 2007, filed a lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit, which was later joined by four other Iraqis who were injured in the incident, alleged Blackwater employees fired without justification, violating the federal Alien Tort Statute and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and were liable for assault and battery, wrongful death, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, training and supervision and and tortious spoliation of evidence. This and six other lawsuits alleging abuses by Blackwater in Iraq were settled in January 2010. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Misconduct Type
Human Rights
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
State Dept.
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Filing
12/19/2007
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Blackwater USA Undisclosed
Further Information Released
CCR Press Release 1/9/2010
Complaint 1/9/2010
Dismissal 1/9/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database