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6 Feb 2013

US District Court for the District of Columbia

Arias v. DynCorp - Memorandum opinion and order

Plaintiffs, approximately 2,000 Ecuadorian citizens and domiciliaries bring common law negligence and other tort claims against the DynCorp defendants, alleging personal injury and property damage caused by the defendants spraying herbicides over the plaintiffs’ lands in Ecuador. The defendants have moved for summary judgment, arguing that the plaintiffs have proffered no expert testimony to show the dose and duration of the plaintiff’s exposure to any herbicides or to show that such exposure caused the injury and damage…Ordered that the defendants’ motion…for summary judgment be, and hereby is, granted in part and denied in part. Judgment is entered for the defendants as to plaintiffs’ claims for damages for injury to their crops, livestock, and fish. Defendants’ motion is denied as to plaintiffs’ personal injuries…