Dole case dismissed by LA court

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Carl Collen

BY CARL COLLEN

Dole case dismissed by LA court

Group reveals that lawsuit brought by Philippine plaintiffs has been dismissed by the Los Angeles Superior Court

Dole case dismissed by LA court

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Dole Food Company has announced that the Los Angeles Superior Court has dismissed with prejudice the case of Macasa v Dole, a lawsuit first filed last year by 2,935 Philippine plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs had claimed to be banana workers injured from exposure, more than 30 years ago, to the agricultural chemical DBCP – indeed, they had filed an identical lawsuit 13 years earlier in the Philippines, which was ultimately dismissed by the Philippine Supreme Court.

"The Supreme Court dismissed a case that should have never been brought in the first place," said Michael Carter, Dole's executive vice-president and general counsel.

"There is simply no reliable scientific basis for alleged injuries from the agricultural field application of DBCP, and the fraudulent claims in Macasa were no different from other similar cases," he added.

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