Saturday, June 4, 2011

Florida judge allows suits against Chiquita to move forward - CNN.com

Florida judge allows suits against Chiquita to move forward - CNN.com

A federal judge in Florida said Friday that lawsuits against Chiquita Brands International, filed by family members of thousands of Colombians who were tortured or killed by paramilitaries, will be allowed to go forward.

Chiquita, which has admitted to making payments to paramilitaries, had asked for the suits to be dismissed, arguing it was a victim of extortion and has no responsibility for any crimes armed groups committed.

But U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra denied the company's request, allowing plaintiffs to move forward with claims for damages against the company for torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He granted Chiquita's motion to dismiss claims for damages related to terrorism.

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