Well that is what a lawsuit filed in Florida is claiming. The Tampa based lawsuit is been seeking substantial compensation from the Chiquita banana company on behalf of 50 relatives of 22 people (including a 8-year-old child), who were killed by a terrorist group in Colombia that was financed in part by Chiquita.
This lawsuit actually comes as no surprise. Earlier this year the Chiquita Banana company entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. It agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle a criminal complaint that accused the company of making more than 100 payments, totaling more than $1.7 million, to the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), which has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. government.
The deaths occurred between 1997 and 2004, the lawsuit is seeking â€˜significant compensatory and punitive damagesâ€™.
He DOJ case against Chiquita claimed that illegal payments were â€œwere reviewed and approved by senior executives of the corporation, to include high-ranking officers, directors, and employees.”
This rather tarnishes the squeaky clean image that Chiquita likes to portray its self having in the TV Commercials. This should be a fun case to watch unfold.