Whistleblower Claims: The firm represents whistleblowers (known as “qui tam relators”) in False Claims Act cases brought against those who defraud the United States.
Burke represents individual whistleblowers working in the pharmaceutical, health care, and defense contracting industries. For more on the firm’s unique qualifications in this area, please see Ms. Burke’s biography. Among other things, Burke has a history of bringing False Claims Act cases to trial. Shortly after its formation, Ms. Burke prevailed in a major False Claims Act trial held in Fort Worth, Texas.
Claims Arising from Rape and Sexual Assault: Susan Burke represents individuals and family members who have suffered as a result of rape and sexual assault. Burke is spearheading a legal campaign to seek justice for those servicemembers who were raped or sexually assaulted while defending our nation. Burke filed the Cioca et al. v. Rumsfeld et al. lawsuit, which is the subject of a documentary called “The Invisible War.”
Claims Arising in Iraq and Afghanistan: Burke represents individuals who have suffered at the hands of defense countractors. Ms. Burke served as lead counsel in several major lawsuits against defense contractors Blackwater (also known variously as Xe, USTC, and Academi), CACI and L-3. The firm obtained compensation for victims via settlements with Blackwater and L-3.
Ms. Burke and her firm serve as lead counsel in the KBR Burn Pit MDL. There, Burke represents soliders and contrators whose health has been harmed by KBR’s negligent operation of burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ms. Burke and her firm served as lead counsel arising from the torture of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Burke’s clients were featured in a documentary by Rory Kennedy called “The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.” Burke also works with artist Daniel Heyman, photographer Chris Bartlett, and author Nick Flynn, all of whom have shed light on the Abu Ghraib torture and abuse through their creative endeavors.
Ms. Burke and her firm successfully represented 68 Iraqis who were killed or injured by Blackwater mercenaries in Nissor Square. (The seven lawsuits filed against Blackwater were settled on confidential terms.)
Ms. Burke and her firm also successfully represented the family of a woman killed by an Austrailian defense contractor company called Unity. (The lawsuit was settled on confidential terms.)
Environmental Claims: Burke pursues complex environmental claims, including those arising abroad as a result of conduct by American corporations. As noted above, Burke serves as lead MDL counsel on the KBR Burn Pit MDL, which involves claims arising from KBR’s use of surface burning to dispose of tons of waste.
Ms. Burke and her firm represented the government of the Dominican Republic in a lawsuit arising from the dumping of coal ash on Dominican beaches. The firm obtained for its client a six million dollar settlement from AES, an American corporation.