During a press conference Tuesday, Houston-based attorney Anthony Buzbee, a former Marine officer representing the plaintiffs, said his clients deserve their day in court against a contractor that failed to notice that its employee checked out tools not required as part of his job, and who slept during the work day, read the Quran or often just disappeared.

“Fluor never asked him why the devil he was checking out these tools, never asked him what he was up to for hours at a time,” Buzbee said.

The lawsuit draws extensively from the military investigation, which determined that the “primary contributing factor in the attack” was “Fluor’s complacency and its lack of reasonable supervision of its personnel.”