Blackwater settles last lawsuit in 2007 Baghdad shooting incident Jamie Reese at 1:04 PM ET
[JURIST] Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Academi [corporate website], reached a confidential settlement agreement Saturday with survivors and families of victims in a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST report] in the Nisour Square area of Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. A subsequent FBI [official website] investigation revealed that 14 of the deaths were unjustified acts of excessive force [NYT report]. A federal judge ruled last year that the lawsuit could proceed [JURIST report] in North Carolina state court, saying that nonresidents lack the right to sue in federal court for injuries sustained outside of the country but that federal courts are obligated to remand such cases to the state level, where North Carolina law permits such suits. Lawyers for the victims confirmed the settlement [AP Report], and Academi said the settlement would allow the company to move forward while providing compensation to the victims and allowing closure for the losses they suffered. This settlement closes the last lawsuit against the company for the 2007 incident.
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