Dole Offers Banana Workers Deal In Pesticide Row

Law360, New York (June 15, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT) -- Dole Food Co. has tentatively agreed to settle with more than 5,000 banana plantation workers in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras who claim they were exposed to a pesticide that caused cancer and other health problems, an attorney for the plaintiffs said Wednesday.

Dole — along with Dow Chemical Co., Shell Oil Co. and Occidental Chemical Corp. — have been hit with thousands of lawsuits by banana farm workers in South America and Central America who say their exposure to dibromochloropropane has led to sterility, cancer...
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