Last week couldn’t have gone worse for alien tort plaintiffs. On Friday the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a death blow to their cause. In a 2-1 vote, a panel ruled that corporations are not liable under the Alien Tort Statute. And just days before that ruling, a state court judge in Los Angeles dismissed a case against Dole Food that grew out of conduct that allegedly occurred in Colombia over a decade dating back to 1997.

Dole was accused of making illegal payments to a paramilitary organization known as the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The plaintiffs, 185 relatives of Colombians murdered at the hands of the AUC, claimed that Dole had paid the organization to drive local banana farmers from their land and protect its property from vandals. On Sept. 14, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Ann Jones dismissed the complaint (pdf) on statute of limitations grounds.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]