Suit Filed in West Palm Against Chiquita; Banana Company Accused of Paying Colombian Terrorists
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In a filing that's been anticipated for months, a group of Colombian families has sued Chiquita Brands International in West Palm federal court over reports that the banana company paid a terrorist group that then kidnapped and murdered relatives of those families.
The suit, in which some 240 people are plaintiffs, will be yet another legal expense for a company that owes $25 million since a 2007 case in which it gave a guilty plea to criminal charges. Seven other lawsuits are pending.
It took a year for the plaintiffs in West Palm to get permission from a federal judge to bring their suit against Chiquita.
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