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Fluor Denied Judge Transfer Request in Afghanistan Bombing Case

May 13, 2021, 1:25 PM

Fluor Corp. failed to convince a South Carolina district court that a judge transfer is necessary to avoid a conflict of interest in a lawsuit alleging the contractor didn’t do enough to stop a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan in November 2016.

Fluor argued the suit should be transferred from Judge Bruce H. Hendricks to Judge Joseph Dawson III, because Hendricks’ niece-by-marriage is an attorney working for plaintiffs in other cases related to the attack, and Hendricks’ rulings could affect that attorney’s work on those cases.

The plaintiff in this case, Winston Hencely, filed suit in February 2019 with the ...