US court: Ivory Coast plantation workers allegedly harmed by pesticides can't sue manufacturing, distributing firms in US

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25 September 2008

Ivory Coast workers can't sue firms in U.S.

Author: Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Ivory Coast plantation workers who claim they were sterilized by a U.S.-made pesticide can't sue the manufacturers and distributors of the chemical in the United States because they can't show the companies intended to harm them, a federal appeals court ruled…. In a lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles federal court, nearly 700 workers in the West African nation accused the companies of genocide and crimes against humanity for allegedly marketing DBCP abroad after the pesticide…was outlawed in the United States…. The defendants included Dow Chemical and Shell Oil, which made DBCP, and Dole Foods….

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24 September 2008

[PDF] Abagninin, et al. v. Amvac Chemical Corp., et al.

Author: Judge Stephen McNamee, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

[Text of court's opinion dismissing the lawsuit]

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