Hearing to decide if Blackwater suit goes to trial

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Posted: May 20, 2011 4:52 AM
Hearing to decide if Blackwater suit goes to trial

A judge in Virginia will hear arguments on whether a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company once known as Blackwater should go to trial.

Brad and Melan Davis filed the lawsuit in 2008 in federal court in Alexandria under a whistleblower law.

They allege Blackwater used excessive force and submitted fraudulent bills for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Blackwater, now known as Xe (ZEE) Services, denies the allegations.

A trial is scheduled for next month, but both sides have asked the judge to forgo the trial and rule in their favor as a matter of law.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III is scheduled to hear arguments Friday.