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According to a recent article in the press, Chiquita Brands International, Inc., is being sued for wrongful death in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The lawsuit accuses the company of contributing to the deaths of five U.S. missionaries through secretly financing rebel groups in Latin America. The lawsuit claims that Chiquita’s protection payments to FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia) were a contributing factor in the deaths of five missionaries because they financed and provided logistical support to the left-wing group’s operations when the missionaries were kidnapped and killed. According the the article, Chiquita has had a long and contentious history in Latin America going back to the 1950’s when they were perceived to have too much influence over the banana republic. Additionally, the article reports that Chiquita has made similar payments to FARC’s right-wing opposition, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. Further, last year, Chiquita agreed to pay a $25 million fine to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice related to similar matters.

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