Listen Live on  
 

News Radio 1200 WOAI

San Antonio's Breaking News, Weather, Traffic
 
 

Federal Appeals Court Throws Out Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

 
Federal Appeals Court Throws Out Chiquita Terror Payment Claims
Posted Thursday, July 24th 2014 @ 2pm

MIAMI (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has thrown out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.

A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that federal courts have no jurisdiction over the Colombian claims. The lawsuits accused Chiquita of assisting in the killings by paying $1.7 million to a right-wing paramilitary group. Chiquita formerly operated large banana plantations in Colombia.

The majority cited a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling imposing limits on attempts by foreigners to use U.S. courts to seek damages for human rights abuses abroad.

Chiquita praised the ruling in a written statement. Attorneys for the estimated 4,000 Colombians may ask the full 11th Circuit or the Supreme Court to consider the case.

(Photo: John Moore / 2013 Getty Images)

Recommended Stories

More from News Radio 1200 WOAI

*