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US judge grants $200,000 against Dole over film on Nicaraguan banana workers

Friday, December 3, 2010


A US judge granted nearly $200,000 in attorney fees to the director and producer of "Bananas!," a documentary depicting the alleged exploitation of Nicaraguan banana plantation workers.
 
The film tracked the story of Los Angeles attorney Juan Domínguez, who won punitive damages against Dole. The 2007 verdict was overturned this year after it was revealed that the workers had lied about becoming sterile from pesticides Dole used in the 1970s.
 
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph Dau tossed Dole's defamation claim, saying the documentary's depiction of Dominguez was not as glowing as Dole claimed.
 
Original source: Courthouse News Service