Derivative Litigation, Multi-district Litigation
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Attorneys representing Colombian nationals in multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded Colombian paramilitaries clashed Monday, with three lawyers seeking sanctions against one other for wrongly asserting they have never met anyone from a group of 144 plaintiffs they represent, but the targeted attorney decried the motion as an intimidation tactic.
A Florida federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded right-wing Colombian paramilitaries on Tuesday denied the company’s bid to escape Anti-Terrorism Act claims from the family of a man who was kidnapped for ransom and eventually killed by a paramilitary group.
A Florida federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded right-wing Colombian paramilitaries granted the plaintiffs’ request to depose 13 people in Colombia, including former paramilitary leaders and banana company executives.
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.