Chiquita asks feds to block thousands of Colombian lawsuits over violent deaths

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Cut this up and put it in your oatmeal: Chiquita Brands International has requested that a federal appeals court block thousands of lawsuits brought by Colombians whose relatives perished in the country's civil war, which was funded in part by payments the fruit giant made to a right-wing parliamentary group. The company alleges it was blackmailed into making the payments.

According to the Huffington Post:

The produce giant, which long had huge banana plantations in Colombia, has admitted paying a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group $1.7 million over a seven-year period. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company insists it was blackmailed into paying or risking violence against its own operations and employees, although in 2007 Chiquita pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges that it had supported terrorists. It paid a $25 million fine.

You know Chiquita, the company City Council gave $2.5 million to relocate from Cincinnati to Charlotte.

Read the full Huffington Post story here.

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