Court sides with KBR in claims dispute

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of defense contractor KBR Inc. in a whistleblower lawsuit over claims that the company overbilled the government for work in Iraq.

The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that former KBR employee Benjamin Carter waited too long to file a suit alleging that the company had fraudulently billed the government for water purification services in Iraq. The federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., said the case could go forward because a World War II-era law allows such lawsuits to be filed past the six-year deadline when the country is at war. The high court said the law applies only to criminal charges, not the civil claims at issue in Carter's suit.

Associated Press