RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit that accused the security company formerly known as Blackwater of wrongful death, closing the case more than six years after four company contractors were killed in Iraq.
U.S. District Judge James C. Fox said in his decision that neither side was paying for court-ordered arbitration. The mother of one of the contractors said Tuesday the families couldn't afford the costs and that the case appears over.
Insurgents killed the four contractors in a March 2004 ambush, then mutilated the bodies before dragging the charred remains through the streets and hanging two from a bridge.
Survivors of the men contend Blackwater failed to prepare them for the mission and didn't provide them with appropriate equipment.
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