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For over 10 months, plaintiff Mr. Al-Janabi was tortured and abused repeatedly. Treatment included "having his eyes almost clawed out, being stripped naked and threatened with rape, being hung upside down until he lost consciousness, and being deprived of sleep for extended periods of time."

He and other plaintiffs were released uncharged.

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CCR represented four other plaintiffs in Al Shimari v. CACI . They charged torture, abuse, and other illegal treatment at Abu Ghraib.

On March 18, 2009, CACI's motion to dismiss in part was denied. On September 21, a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel reversed the district court and dismissed the case.

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On October 5, plaintiffs petitioned for an en banc rehearing. On November 8, Fourth Circuit judges ordered it. On November 29, CACI filed its brief. On December 19, plaintiffs filed their own. On December 20, amicus briefs supported them.

On May 11, 2012, the Fourth Circuit ruled for plaintiffs. They remanded their case to the district court for rehearing. On October 11, plaintiffs petitioned to reinstate Alien Tort Statute claims. On November 1, their motion was heard.

Initially, plaintiffs sued L-3 Services, CACI, and its former employee, Timothy Dugan. Both companies conducted interrogation and translation services at Abu Ghraib and other Iraq torture prisons.

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L-3 Services and Dugan no longer are defendants. Charges claim CACI "directed and participated in illegal conduct, including torture, at" Abu Ghraib.

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