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Banana Workers Get Day in Court

Date: January 18, 2003
Authors: David Gonzalez and Samuel Loewenberg
QUOTE: ...the chemical companies shipped DBCP [the pesticide] abroad and the growers used it despite knowing about its harmful effects even before the ban.

ABSTRACT: Some 3000 Central American banana workers will file a lawsuit, in the US courts, against big American companies for damages allegedly caused by the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP). The companies reportedly distributed the pesticide in Central America even though it was banned in the US in 1977 for causing sterility, cancer, birth defects, and other problems. There are also serious multinational legal concerns about whether the cases should be heard in US or Central American courts, and whether the Central American companies have passed laws unfairly targeting US companies for past practices.

--- yemisrach benalfew

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