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Battlefield Contractors Need Federal Forum For Tort Claims

April 21, 2006

As plaintiff lawyers attempt to pitch a tent on federal battlefields with an "open for business" sign, the Washington Legal Foundation responded with a recently published "Legal Backgrounder" prepared by David Hammond of C&M that discusses the strong federal interest associated in tort claims against battlefield contractors and why federal jurisdiction over such civil actions is both necessary and proper. The article, Holding Battlefield Contractors Accountable: Federal "Removal" Protects Federal Interest (, reviews the military's increasing reliance on battlefield contractors, the existing federal common law supporting federal removal jurisdiction over tort actions against military contractors, and the need for what the Supreme Court recently referred to as the "experience, solicitude, and hope of uniformity that the federal forum offers on federal issues."

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David C. Hammond
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2510