Blackwater whistleblower lawsuit heads to trial

July 26, 2011 - 4:43 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A whistleblower lawsuit against the security firm once known as Blackwater is heading to trial in Virginia.

Jury selection starts Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria in a lawsuit brought by former Blackwater employees Brad and Melan Davis.

They accuse the company of cheating the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has already dismissed several of the lawsuit's claims, including an allegation that Blackwater billed the government for prostitutes.

The Davises' lawsuit is one of several legal skirmishes Blackwater has fought following its contract work. Blackwater now operates under the name Xe Services.