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A jury in South Florida has ruled that Chiquita Brands is liable for eight killings carried out by a right-wing paramilitary group that the company helped finance in a fertile banana-growing region of Colombia during the country’s decades-long internal conflict.
The jury on Monday ordered the multinational banana producer to pay $38.3 million to 16 family members of farmers and other civilians who were killed in separate episodes by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia — a right-wing paramilitary group that Chiquita bankrolled from 1997 to 2004.
The company has faced hundreds of similar suits in U.S. courts filed by the families of other victims of violence by the paramilitary group in Colombia, but the verdict in Florida represents the first time Chiquita has been found culpable.
The decision, which the company said it planned to appeal, could influence the outcome in other suits, legal experts said.
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Chiquita Brands has been found liable by a jury in South Florida for eight killings committed by a right-wing paramilitary group in a banana-growing region of Colombia during the long-running internal conflict in that country. The group received financial support from the company.

A right-wing paramilitary group that Chiquita funded from 1997 to 2004, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia killed sixteen farmers and other civilians in separate incidents. The jury on Monday ordered the multinational banana producer to pay $38.3 million to the families of these victims.

The business has dealt with hundreds of comparable lawsuits in the U.S. S. in Florida, but this is the first time Chiquita has been found guilty, according to lawsuits the families of other Colombian victims of the paramilitary group’s violence filed in those courts.

Experts in law said that the ruling, which the company declared it would appeal, might affect the result in other lawsuits.

According to legal experts, the verdict in favor of the victims represents a unique occasion in Colombia and beyond where a private company is held liable to victims for operating in areas with high levels of violence or social unrest.

Marco Simons, an attorney for EarthRights International, a human rights and environmental organization, who defended one family in the lawsuit, said, “We’re very happy about the jury’s verdict, but you can’t escape that we’re talking about horrific abuses.”.

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