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A Lawsuit Against American Corporations in Iraq

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A lawsuit was filed in a federal court yesterday where the plaintiffs argue that American corporations that worked with the Iraq government during the Iraq war supported terrorism directly and indirectly. For instance, they argue that the free medical services and free drugs turned out to be a source of funding for the Shiite Militia that killed a number of US soldiers in the war-torn nation. According to people who saw the lawsuit, it has been filed on behalf of the servicemen who were injured during their deployment in Iraq. They claim that this happened between 2005 and 2009. Companies that have been mentioned as defendants include Roche Holding AG and AstraZeneca. For starters, these are drug makers that are based in Europe. The other three companies are Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson as well as General Electric. The lawyers of the plaintiffs argue that these companies knew very well that selling their products to the Iraq Ministry of Health would mean more supplies for the Shiite militia. The lawyers further said that the companies offered these services when the health ministry was under the control of people affiliated with Moktada al-Sadr. For starters, Moktada al-Sadr was a firebrand cleric in Iraq during the Iraq war who was also regarded as the head of the Mahdi Army.

The plaintiff will use contracts between the Iraq government and these companies as evidence. They will also use the testimony of informants, press accounts as well as leaked diplomatic cables. The lawsuit has been filed by a start-up litigation firm known as Kellogg Hansen which is currently being led by Ryan Sparacino. Also, the case was filed in the United States District Court in Washington. A Kellogg Hansen partner known as Josh Branson sad that Americans were killed as they tried to rebuild Iraq. The demoralizing thing is that they were killed using resources that were funded by the US government. Pfizer responded to the lawsuit through their spokeswoman Allyanna Anglim who said that the company was not involved in any wrongdoing. She further said her company was still committed to providing their customers with the best medicine. As for Johnson & Johnson, the company refused to comment on the issue. As for General Electric, the company said through their spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman that they had been notified about the issue. She further said that the company was reviewing the allegations. According to the lawsuit, plaintiffs’ lawyers argue that these companies knew that the ministry of health was involved in terrorism.

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