(NEW YORK) — The mother of a U.S. soldier electrocuted in his barracks shower while stationed in Iraq has vowed to keep a lawsuit alive against military contractor KBR, which she blames for installing the substandard electrical system that killed her son.
Cheryl Maseth’s case against KBR, formerly owned by Halliburton, was tossed out by a federal judge on Monday.
According to U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, it was the military commanders at Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth’s Army base who determined the locations of barracks and whether the electrical systems were up to standard.
Ryan Maseth was taking a shower in 2008 when he was electrocuted in the shower. His death occurred when an improperly grounded water pump electrified his shower water.
After Judge Fischer’s decision, Cheryl Maseth’s lawyers said they would take the case to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
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