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 ‘significant compensatory and punitive damages’.

He DOJ case against Chiquita claimed that illegal payments were “were 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.

Simon Barrett


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