Derivative Litigation, Multi-district Litigation
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Ahead of trial on claims that it supported a Colombian terrorist organization that kidnapped and killed six Americans in the 1990s, Chiquita Brands International Inc. informed a Florida federal judge at a hearing Monday that the company reached settlements with the victims’ families.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday largely denied an attempt by Chiquita Brands International Inc. to escape sprawling multidistrict litigation alleging the company supported a Colombian terrorist organization that kidnapped and killed six Americans in the 1990s, paving the way for a trial next month.
Relatives of banana workers and others who were attacked and in some cases killed by a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group funded by Chiquita urged a Florida federal court Friday in sprawling multidistrict litigation to deny the company's bid to dismiss their newest complaint, filed in Ohio in March, arguing it doesn’t duplicate their Florida suit’s claims.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday ordered Chiquita to turn over documents it previously gave to the U.S. government to plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation accusing the banana company of funding right-wing Colombian paramilitaries.
A Florida federal judge denied a request Friday to collect information regarding ongoing war crimes trials in Colombia, ruling the request from families of people murdered by right-wing Colombian paramilitaries was overbroad and not crucial to their lawsuit against Chiquita.
The claims brought by seven relatives of murdered hostages who accused Chiquita of being complicit in their deaths by routinely paying off the right-wing Colombian paramilitary group that killed them are being voluntarily dismissed from a sprawling multidistrict litigation, according to Wednesday filings in Florida federal court.
A former Chiquita attorney asked a Florida federal court on Monday to dismiss him from a suit brought by relatives of murdered hostages who claim the company was complicit by routinely paying off a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group, saying he was the employee who actually alerted the company that Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia was a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization.
A Florida federal judge has refused to impose confidentiality requirements on one attorney representing relatives of murdered hostages who allege that Chiquita Brands International Inc. paid off armed factions in Colombia, saying the identities of some unnamed plaintiffs, which the attorney disclosed to the fruit distributor, were not privileged.
An attorney accused of improperly copying Chiquita Brands International Inc. on privileged communications in a suit claiming the company paid off a paramilitary group responded to the allegations Wednesday in Florida federal court, saying the issue arises from his attempts to sort out duplicate claims and retainer agreements.
Counsel representing relatives of torture victims who allege that Chiquita Brands International Inc. paid off a Colombian paramilitary group sought an order on Monday in Florida federal court to stop a colleague from allegedly copying the company's attorneys on privileged communications concerning unnamed clients.