Fruit giant Dole settles 38 pesticide complaints
NEW YORK - Agence France-Presse
Dole is one of the largest fruit companies in the US. AP PhotoU.S. fruit giant Dole has reached an agreement to terminate 38 lawsuits filed in the United States and Nicaragua alleging pesticide-related injuries, the company said.
The complaints concerned Dibromochloropropane (DBCP), a pesticide sprayed on crops to control worms for over two decades before it was banned in 1977 following reports of infertility among male workers exposed to it.
The terminated lawsuits included two Nicaraguan judgments totaling $907.5 million. The deal was reached with Provost Umphrey law firm, which had represented the foreign plaintiffs, Dole said.
“The termination of these 38 lawsuits takes Dole completely out of all Provost Umphrey DBCP litigation... and moves Dole closer to the eventual elimination of all DBCP lawsuits,” Dole’s Executive Vice President C. Michael Carter said in a statement.
“Though there is no reliable scientific basis for alleged injuries from the agricultural field application of DBCP, Dole has been willing to consider possible deals which recognize that there is no causal connection between DBCP and plaintiffs’ allegations.”