DynCorp Willfully Disregarded Herbicide Effects, Court Told

By Natalie Olivo (April 18, 2017, 6:02 PM EDT) -- Defense contractor DynCorp., at trial over allegations that it poisoned farmers in Ecuador with herbicide while trying to eradicate drug crops in Colombia, should be hit with punitive damages because it acted with "an evil motive," plaintiffs told a Washington, D.C., court Tuesday.

The plaintiffs, who represent a 2,000-person class of Ecuadoreans allegedly harmed by the chemicals, requested that the jury award punitive damages against DynCorp. based on a two-prong requirement they claim to have met: the defense contractor purportedly acted with "an evil motive, actual malice or willful disregard" for the plaintiffs, and DynCorp.'s management allegedly participated in or authorized...

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