Dole Off The Hook In $97M Banana Farmers Award

Law360, New York (October 21, 2009, 3:47 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that a $97.4 million judgment a Nicaraguan court issued against Dole Food Co. cannot be enforced, marking a decisive victory for the world’s biggest fresh fruit and vegetables producer in a years-long saga over alleged injuries banana farmers suffered because of pesticides.

In a ruling Tuesday, Judge Paul Huck of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida said Dole and co-defendant Dow Chemical Co. had “clearly established” their entitlement to nonrecognition of the award, issued four years ago...
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