Iraq contractor KBR asks judge to dismiss soldiers' suit

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Texas-based military contractor is asking a federal judge in Portland to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of Oregon National Guard soldiers who claim they were exposed to a toxic compound in Iraq.

U.S. District Judge Paul Papak says he'll rule on KBR's request in coming weeks, after hearing arguments Friday.

KBR lawyer Geoffrey Harrison told the Oregonian (http://bit.ly/yWlKCi) the company is asking the judge to dismiss the entire case brought by 34 Oregon National Guard soldiers, but he expects parts of the suit will proceed toward trial.

Trial is set for June 5, though it's unclear whether that will happen.

Lawyers for the soldiers said they worry that KBR's filings could delay the case for years.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com