Ecuadoreans' Battery Claims Tossed In DynCorp Spray Suit

By Chuck Stanley (November 2, 2016, 7:04 PM EDT) -- A Washington, D.C., federal court has further pared down claims from Ecuadorean nationals who say DynCorp battered them with herbicide during a drug eradication program, granting in part the company's motion for summary judgment.

In an opinion issued in September and unsealed Wednesday, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle tossed claims of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress for more than half of the 20 test plaintiffs and nixed all nuisance claims in a case over Colombian drug spraying operations that strayed across the border, allegedly affecting thousands of Ecuadoreans since the 1990s.

The D.C. Circuit had already reduced the claims against...

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