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Sinaltrainal v. Coca-Cola Co., 06-15851

In an action claiming that plaintiffs-trade union leaders' employers, two bottling companies, collaborated with Colombian paramilitary forces to murder and torture plaintiffs, dismissal of the complaint is affirmed where defendants were not vicariously liable for the acts of plaintiffs' employers due to lack of day-to-day control over their operations.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/11/2009
  • Published 08/11/2009


  • BLACK, Circuit Judge:, Before TJOFLAT, BLACK and COX, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Eleventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Daniel M. Kovalik, United Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh, PA, Terrence P. Collingsworth, Washington, DC, for Plaintiffs-Appellants., Robert M. Brochin, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Miami, FL, for Coca-Cola Co., Panamerican Beverages Co., LLC, Panamco, LLC, Panamco Industrail De Gaseosas, S.A.,, William P. McCaughan, Kirkpatrick Lockhart, Preston Gates Ellis, LLP, Miami, FL, Faith E. Gay, Sanford Ian Weisburst, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, New York City, J. Noah Hagey, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP, for Richard I. Kirby., Paul L. Hoffman, Schonbrun, De Simone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman, LLP, Venice, CA, for EarthRights Intern., Colombian Institute of Intern. Law, George Washington University Law School Intern., Amici Curiae., Peter Bowman Rutledge, Athens, GA, for Nat. Foreign Trade Council, Chamber of Commerce of USA, U.S. Council for Inter. Business, Nat. Ass'n of Manufacturers, Organization for Intern. Investment, Amici Curiae., Jack Landman Goldsmith, III, Newton, MA, for Nat. Business Ass'n of Colombia, Amicus Curiae.

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