COMMENT: U.S. courts are to hear a suit against Chiquita Banana, the well-known banana importer with the cute “female singing banana” marketing icon. Charging that the company has colluded with both right and left-wing paramilitaries, drug smugglers and death squads, plaintiffs will be proceeding with their arguments. How far they are able to go may be limited by forthcoming Supreme Court proceedings. The firm was previously represented by Eric Holder (now Attorney General).
One wonders if the company’s involvement with these malefactors went farther than the legal arguments allege. Might the firm have helped bring some of the Colombian cocaine, heroin or marijuana into the U.S. and/or laundered money from the traffic?
EXCERPT: Chiquita, the global banana producer, was ordered this week to face a federal court over their role in paying off right wing death squads in Colombia. Villagers allege that the death squads used “random and targeted violence in exchange for financial assistance and access to Chiquita’s private port for arms and drug smuggling,” according to a lawsuit filed on their behalf by EarthRights International and Cohen Milstein. . . .