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May, 2003:

Banana workers’ pesticide award invalid, Dow says

Nicaraguan banana plantation workers are “hoping a U.S. court will get them a $468 million default judgment against Dow Chemical Co., Dole Food Co. Inc. and Shell Chemical Co. that was awarded to them by a court in Managua.

The Facts, Front Page article, Wed May 28, 2003 Clute, Texas

By Michael Baker

Nicaraguan banana plantation workers are “hoping a U.S. court will get them a $468 million default judgment against Dow Chemical Co., Dole Food Co. Inc. and Shell Chemical Co. that was awarded to them by a court in Managua.

The 586 banana workers allege they were injured by a pesticide, dibtomochloropropane, made by Dow and Shell and used on Dole’s banana plants in the 1960s and ’70s. The chemical was used to control microscopic worms that attacked the root systems of banana trees, Dow spokesman Scot Wheeler said.

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