Judge Deals Blow To Families Suing Blackwater

The beleaguered wrongful death lawsuit filed by survivors of four Blackwater Worldwide contractors killed in a grisly ambush during a mission through Iraq five years ago has sustained yet another blow.

A federal administrative law judge ruled last week the children of one of the slain contractors should receive compensation through a government insurance program known as the Defense Base Act.

It prohibits those eligible for benefits from filing lawsuits against companies covered by the insurance.

The families of the four contractors killed have received payments through the program for several years.

Blackwater has already navigated the lawsuit from federal court
and into arbitration.

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