DynCorp Dodges Ecuadoreans' Chemical-Exposure Suit

Law360, New York (March 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EST) -- Government contractor DynCorp International Inc. has escaped a suit over injuries purportedly caused by anti-narcotic herbicides sprayed at the Colombia-Ecuador border, after a Washington, D.C., judge determined the plaintiffs could not establish causation, according to an opinion unsealed Tuesday.

Judge Richard W. Roberts determined that the plaintiffs — approximately 2,000 Ecuadoreans bringing negligence and tort claims for acute and chronic injuries related to herbicide exposure — failed to establish the reliability of key expert witness Dr. Michael Wolfson, according to an order entered Feb.19 and made available Tuesday.

"Without the plaintiffs' sole expert witness' general causation opinions regarding the plaintiffs' acute...

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