DBCP Claims Against Dole Tossed Over Class Action Tolling

By Michael Lipkin (May 28, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT) -- A Delaware federal judge on Tuesday tossed nearly 3,000 plaintiffs' claims against Dole Food Co. Inc. alleging they were exposed to the pesticide dibromochloropropane while working on banana farms in Latin America, ruling the claims were filed too late despite related recent class action suits.

U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews granted Dole's motion for summary judgment on allegations the company, along with Chiquita Brands International Inc., Dow Chemical Co., Shell Oil Co. and others, misused dibromochloropropane on banana plantations in Panama, Ecuador, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

The plaintiffs, who filed the suit in 2012, claimed they were exposed in the 1970s...

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