Federal judge tosses lawsuit over Blackwater deaths

Blackwater deaths suit tossed after six years
By Mike Baker
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that blamed the security company formerly known as Blackwater for the deaths of four contractors killed in a 2004 ambush on the restive streets of Iraq.

U.S. District Judge James C. Fox [a Reagan appointee-MCM] said court-ordered arbitration fell apart because neither side was paying the costs of that process, so he decided to end the case nearly seven years after the killings.

Katy Helvenston, the mother of contractor Scott Helvenston, said Tuesday that the families could not afford the costs and that she fears the case is over. The lawsuit was filed about a year after the men’s deaths.

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