Dow, Shell Want Banana Plantation Pesticide Claims Tossed

Law360 (February 1, 2021, 8:43 PM EST) -- Chemical companies accused of supplying toxic pesticides to Chiquita banana plantations decades ago say a suit by former workers who allege their health was harmed as a result is time barred and must be tossed.

Dow Chemical Co. (now Dow Inc.), Shell Oil Co. and other companies said to have manufactured and sold a toxic soil fumigant that was used in Central and South America from the 1960s through the 1980s told a Delaware federal court that allegations against them made by dozens of Ecuadorian workers shouldn't be allowed to proceed because Ecuadorian law cuts legal liability at four years.

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