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Judge throws out Dole "bananeros" cases [USA]

A California judge on Thursday threw out two pesticide lawsuits against Dole Food Co and other companies [Dow Chemical, AMVAC] by plaintiffs claiming to be banana farm workers, citing a "pervasive conspiracy" by plaintiffs' attorneys and Nicaraguan judges…The plaintiffs, known as bananeros, have won judgments against Dole in Nicaraguan courts after claiming they were made sterile by the chemical DBCP, which was banned in the United States but was used by Dole to control fungus…Plaintiffs attorneys Juan Dominguez of Los Angeles and Antonio Ordenana of Nicaragua, accused Dole of bribing witnesses but put on almost no defense to the allegations during the hearing.