Derivative Litigation, Multi-district Litigation
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A former executive at produce distributor Chiquita International Brands Inc. has urged a Florida federal court presiding over multidistrict litigation to toss tort claims that he was involved in a scheme to fund a Colombian terrorist group, asserting he had no knowledge of any such alleged payments.
A Florida federal court presiding over multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded a right-wing Colombian terrorist organization trimmed claims Monday against several defendants in two cases but declined to fully dismiss either one.
Conrad & Scherer LLP slammed an independent attorney’s effort to get the firm thrown from multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded Colombian paramilitaries, telling a Florida federal court Wednesday that the solo practitioner doesn’t have the ability to represent the clients and had committed perjury.
An attorney representing Colombian nationals in multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded Colombian paramilitaries urged a Florida federal court on Saturday to bar Conrad & Scherer LLP from representing some of the individuals, arguing the firm does not have the power to represent them.
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.