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Security firm hit with 2 more suits

March 28, 2009|Tony Perry

Two more lawsuits have been filed in federal court against the former Blackwater Worldwide security firm by families of Iraqis allegedly killed by Blackwater guards.

The lawsuits, filed this week, allege that Blackwater, which has changed its name to Xe, "fostered a culture of lawlessness among its employees."

One suit was filed on behalf of the family of a teacher killed Sept. 9, 2007; the other was on behalf of 15 families of those killed Sept. 16, 2007. They are seeking unspecified damages.

A week ago, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the widow and children of an Iraqi security guard killed on Christmas Eve 2006.

The lawsuits were filed in San Diego because the North Carolina-based Xe has two training facilities in San Diego, lawyers said.

-- Tony Perry

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