Coke Bottlers Fight ATCA Claims

A Miami district judge dismissed a lawsuit Oct. 3 that accused Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. and four of its bottling affiliates of acting as co-conspirators in the death and torture of its Colombian union members.

In the 2001 suit, Sinaltrainal, et al v. Coca-Cola Co., Colombian union Sinaltrainal and several workers accused the company of hiring and conspiring with right-wing paramilitary groups to use force against the company's labor union members. The plaintiffs brought the suit under Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and Torture Victims' Protection Act (TVPA) and sought $500 million in damages.

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