Chiquita Terrorist Ruling Vexes Cos. Accused Of Negligence

Law360, New York (March 15, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT) -- An Ohio appeals court recently swiped defense coverage from Chiquita Brands International Inc. for claims that it paid off Colombian terrorists who murdered thousands, a ruling policyholder attorneys say inexplicably turns a blind eye to negligence claims that would normally be covered.

The decision for now frees National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., from defending the banana company against tort claims filed on behalf of 4,000 murder victims.

Chiquita — which claims it made the payments between 1989 and 2004 to save the lives...
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