Families Attack Chiquita Defenses In Colombia Torture Suit

By Joyce Hanson (April 3, 2017, 4:09 PM EDT) -- Relatives of people allegedly tortured and killed by a Colombian paramilitary group urged a Florida court on Friday to toss Chiquita Brands International Inc.'s defenses that it paid off the terrorist group under duress and that the payments were made by its former Colombian subsidiary, not the parent firm.

Chiquita company officials did not act under duress and faced no imminent physical threat when illegally paying off the Colombian terrorist group FARC, according to the families suing under the U.S. Torture Victim Protection Act in the long-running multidistrict litigation. The families also said employees of the company's subsidiary in Colombia had...

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