Dole settles lawsuits filed in USA & Nicaragua by workers alleging injuries from exposure to the agricultural chemical DBCP

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Author: Reuters

Dole Food...dijo que resolvió de manera extrajudicial demandas presentadas por trabajadores agrícolas que decían haber sufrido lesiones por el químico DBCP. El acuerdo no tendrá un efecto material en la condición financiera de Dole, sus resultados de operaciones o flujos de caja, dijo la compañía en un comunicado. Dole dijo que el acuerdo incluye cinco demandas presentadas en representación de trabajadores agrícolas en Estados Unidos y 33 demandas presentadas en Nicaragua. Los 33 casos nicaragüenses representan unos 9.000 millones de dólares en reclamos por daños, dijo la compañía.

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3 October 2011

Dole Food Company signs definitive settlement agreement with Provost & Umphrey regarding banana workers’ alleged exposure to DBCP

Author: Dole

Dole Food Company...announced the signing of a definitive settlement agreement with the Provost & Umphrey Law Firm...which...will bring to an end all of their lawsuits brought against Dole and Dole entities on behalf of foreign farm workers who claim injuries from alleged exposure more than 30 years ago to the agricultural chemical DBCP...Michael Carter, Dole's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary said: “Dole appreciates the commitment by Provost & Umphrey and their clients to resolving this long-standing dispute and looks forward to completing the full implementation of the settlement...” Carter added that: “This settlement is a business-based solution to this dispute, without any causal connection between DBCP and the plaintiffs’ allegations. It furthers Dole’s plan to find possible business-based solutions for all DBCP claims, even though there is no reliable scientific basis for alleged injuries from the agricultural field application of DBCP.”

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3 October 2011

Dole settles lawsuits filed by farm workers

Author: Divya Sharma, Reuters

Dole...said it has settled lawsuits filed by farm workers claiming injuries from the agricultural chemical DBCP. The settlement will not have a material effect on Dole's financial condition, results of operations or cash flows, the company said in a statement. Dole said the settlement included five lawsuits filed on behalf of farm workers in the United States and 33 lawsuits filed in Nicaragua. The 33 Nicaraguan cases represent about $9 billion in claimed damages and, in seven of those cases, two judgments totaling $907.5 million, the company said.

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1 October 2011

Provost Umphrey reaches settlement against Dole on behalf of workers exposed to DBCP

Author: Provost Umphrey

The ongoing litigation against Dole Food Company is seemingly close to an end. The world's largest fruits and vegetable producer has agreed to settle the claims of more than 5,000 Central and South American farm workers represented by the Texas personal injury law firm Provost Umphrey. During the 1970's and 1980's, Dole used dibromochloropropane, a pesticide known as DBCP, on their banana plantations. Thousands of laborers working on these agricultural plantations in Central and South American have now become sterile as a result of being exposed to the toxic chemical.

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