| WASHINGTON, July 1
WASHINGTON, July 1 The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday agreed to hear KBR Inc's appeal of a
whistleblower case filed by a former employee who accused the
contractor of defrauding the U.S. government over work it
carried out in Iraq.
Former employee Benjamin Carter, who worked in Iraq as a
water purification operator, first sued in 2006 under the
federal False Claims Act. The law allows individuals to sue on
behalf of the government and claim a portion of the proceeds if
the case is successful.
Carter said that although KBR billed the U.S. government for
water purification services at two sites in early 2005, it did
not actually start providing the service until May of that year.
Halliburton Co, which spun off KBR in 2007, is also
named as a defendant.
KBR appealed to the high court after the 4th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Carter in March 2013.
The high court will rule in part on whether Carter waited
too long to file his lawsuit.
Oral arguments and a decision are due in the court's next
term, which begins in October and ends in June 2015.
The case is KBR v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court, No.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)