Months after a federal appeals court rejected efforts to hold Chiquita Brands International Inc. liable for facilitating war crimes in Colombia, human rights lawyers have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of resurrecting their claims under the beleaguered Alien Tort Statute.
Paul Hoffman of Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman filed a Supreme Court petition on behalf of thousands of Colombians who allege their relatives were murdered by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, a paramilitary group that Chiquita has admitted to supporting.
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