Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE: DOLE) today announced the termination of 38 lawsuits that had been pending in the United States and Nicaragua, including two Nicaragua judgments totaling $907.5 million, completing an agreement that had been reached late last year. The cases had been brought by the ProvostUmphrey Law Firm on behalf of foreign plaintiffs claiming injuries from alleged exposure more than 30 years ago to the agricultural chemical DBCP. The completed agreement will not have a material effect on Dole's financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
"The termination of these 38 lawsuits takes Dole completely out of all ProvostUmphrey DBCP litigation, including the two judgments pending in the Nicaragua courts, and moves Dole closer to the eventual elimination of all DBCP lawsuits,” said C. Michael Carter, Dole's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. “Though there is no reliable scientific basis for alleged injuries from the agricultural field application of DBCP, Dole has been willing to consider possible agreements which recognize that there is no causal connection between DBCP and plaintiffs’ allegations.”
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