February 4, 2010

COURT: Chiquita Must Face U.S. Suit Over Colombia Murders. “Chiquita Brands International Inc., owner of the namesake banana label, must face a lawsuit accusing it of helping Marxist rebels in Colombia who murdered five American missionaries a decade ago. . . . The families accused the grower of prompting attacks on Uniban, the seller of Turbana brand bananas and plantains based in Medellin, Colombia, and soliciting the FARC to burn the competitor’s supplies and block its exports. Chiquita paid the FARC to intimidate labor unions and sabotage rival growers as a means of ‘squashing competition and assuring defendants of an accommodating labor force,’ the families said. ” Interestingly, Eric Holder was representing Chiquita until he became Attorney General.

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