A Venable and Cohen Milstein team recently filed a suit against the Defense Department on behalf of a group of military attorneys claiming that the Navy forces them to live and work in facilities contaminated by unsafe levels of carcinogens and other toxins at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. The suit claims the Navy carried out a "flawed and incomplete" investigation of the environmental conditions at Camp Justice, the facility where military commissions are held and alleges exposure to dangerous levels of contamination including asbestos, formaldehyde, benzo(a)pyrene, and lead. The group is seeking an order requiring the Defense Department to provide them with safe and uncontaminated living and working space.
Venable partner Mike Davis leads the Venable team representing the military attorneys on a pro bono basis. The team also included associates Maggie Fawal and Danielle Sunberg with assistance from Jana Gibson and Courtney Konkel. Daniel Small of Cohen Milstein is serving as co-counsel.
Multiple publications including the Miami Herald, CNN, Reuters, McClatchy, and Law360 among others featured news of the suit.