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Chiquita Capitalized On Colombian War, Victims’ Families Say


April 30, 2024

Attorneys representing the families of 10 men killed during Colombia’s civil war told a Florida federal jury Tuesday that the Chiquita banana company is liable for their deaths, saying it knowingly funded a right-wing narcoterrorist group that committed atrocities against its workers as the fruit corporation expanded its business.

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The trial is expected to last at least four weeks.

The plaintiffs are represented by John Scarola, Victoria Mesa-Estrada and Mariano Garcia of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA, James K. Green of James K. Green PA, Rick Herz, Maryum Jordan, Marissa Vahlsing and Marco Simons of EarthRights International, William J. Wichmann of the Law Offices of William J. Wichmann PA, William R. Scherer of Conrad & Scherer LLP, Leslie M. Kroeger and Agnieszka Fryszman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Jonathan C. Reiter of the Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm PLLC, Terrence Collingsworth of International Rights Advocates and Gabriela Paola Valentin Diaz.

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