DynCorp Denies Liability For Contractor Chem Spray Pilots

Law360, Washington (April 10, 2017, 5:28 PM EDT) -- Defense contractor DynCorp and plaintiffs suing it for allegedly poisoning farmers in Ecuador with herbicide while trying to eradicate drug crops in Colombia sparred in midtrial briefs filed in Washington, D.C., federal court Sunday over whether the company could be held liable for actions of pilots employed by subcontractors and Colombian police.

DynCorp argued that neither contractor EAST Inc. nor the National Police of Colombia, which provided pilots for planes that sprayed RoundUp onto crops, fell under a legal “master-servant” relationship, and therefore any tortious actions by those entities could not be held against DynCorp. But plaintiffs representing a 2,000-person class...

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