US judge overturns Dole Nicaragua banana ruling

BBC News

A US judge has thrown out a $2.3m (£1.5m) award won by six Nicaraguans against Dole Food Company, ruling that the firm was the victim of fraud.

In 2007, a jury found in favour of the men who said they had been left sterile by exposure to pesticides while working on Dole banana plantations.

But Judge Victoria Chaney said that fraud by the plaintiffs’ lawyers had left Dole unable to defend itself.

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