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Strategies Quotes Steve Fennell on Legal Aid for Gulf War POWs

January 7, 2013

Strategies quoted Steptoe partner Steve Fennell, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, in an article titled “Law Firms Play Key Roles in Supporting the US Military and Veterans.”  The article, published in the November/December issue of the magazine, discusses the integral role law firms have in supporting military men and women.

Since 2002, Mr. Fennell has represented Gulf War prisoners of war (POWs) in a contentious, high-profile lawsuit against Iraq for damages arising from the torture of the POWs while in captivity.  A ruling in favor of the POWs and their families was issued in 2003, holding Iraqi defendants liable for almost $1 billion US dollars in damages.  However, this ruling was challenged at length by the Department of Justice and other government agencies and officials.  After years of extensive negotiations, a settlement agreement was reached for Saddam Hussein-era claims against POWs.

Mr. Fennell says, “This settlement allows the POWs’ families finally to achieve closure and sends a message of deterrence against the torture of future American POWs.”

The full article can be read at Strategies (subscription required).