A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that personal injury claims by a group of Central and South Americans who say they were sickened by pesticides used at banana plantations decades ago but who were absent from a similar case filed in 1993 were not barred by New York’s statute of limitations.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York ruled that the statute of limitations clock was stopped in New York from 1993 to 2010 for claims brought in 2011 by plaintiffs from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama who say they were injured by the pesticide dibromochloropropane, or DBCP.

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