Related Links: Dept. of Justice press release The Dept. of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Kellogg, Brown & Root Services and two Kuwait-based companies, charging that they filed false claims and engaged in kickbacks related to a U.S. Army contract in Iraq a decade ago.DOJ announced on Jan. 23 that it filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Rock Island, Ill. The government alleged that in 2003 and 2004, Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) workers took kickbacks related to subcontracts that company had awarded to the two Kuwaiti firms—La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Co. and First Kuwaiti
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.