US judge rules Dole need not pay $97 million verdict by Nicaraguan court in favour of former plantation workers

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21 October 2009

Dole Doesn’t Have to Pay Nicaraguan Verdict, U.S. Judge Rules

Author: Edvard Patterson, Bloomberg

Dole Food...can’t be forced in the U.S. to pay a $97 million verdict issued by a Nicaraguan court, a federal judge said. The award, won four years ago by 150 Nicaraguans who claimed they suffered injuries from pesticides used at Dole’s banana plantations in the 1970s, can’t be enforced because it was based on a law that violates international legal standards, U.S. District Judge Paul Huck in Miami said in a ruling yesterday. “The law under which this case was tried stripped defendants of their basic right in any adversarial proceeding to produce evidence in their favor and rebut the plaintiffs’ claims,” Huck said. [also refers to Dow Chemical, Occidental Petroleum, Shell]

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Author: EFE

Un juez federal [en EE.UU.] dictaminó que...Dole no tendrá que pagar 98 millones de dólares a campesinos nicaragüenses que demandaron por haber sido presuntamente expuestos a un pesticida en fincas de bananas en su país...El juez Paul Huck desestimó orden de un magistrado nicaragüense, que dio la razón a los campesinos...que aseguraron que sufrieron enfermedades como esterilidad...

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