Dole reaches agreement in DBCP cases
Oct. 4, 2011
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. — Dole Food Co. has settled a number of lawsuits with Provost & Umphrey Law Firm regarding workers who claimed injuries from exposure to the agricultural chemical DBCP.
The settlement includes five lawsuits in the United States and 33 lawsuits in Nicaragua representing about $9 billion in claimed damages, and in seven of those cases two judgments totaling $907.5 million.
“Dole appreciates the commitment by Provost & Umphrey and their clients to resolving this long-standing dispute and looks forward to completing the full implementation of the settlement,” said Michael Carter, executive vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary. “The professionalism exemplified by Provost & Umphrey made possible this tremendous accomplishment. This settlement is a business-based solution to this dispute, without any causal connection between DBCP and the plaintiffs’ allegations. It furthers Dole’s plan to find possible business-based solutions for all DBCP claims even though there is no reliable scientific basis for alleged injuries from the agricultural field application of DBCP.”
The settlement is not expected to have a material effect on Dole’s financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.