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Dole, Foreign Agricultural Workers Reach
Tentative Settlement on Pesticide Exposure

June 20, 2011, 4:00 AM

LOS ANGELES—Dole Food Co. Inc. has agreed to settle pesticide exposure claims filed by more than 5,000 agricultural workers in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras, an attorney representing the plaintiffs told BNA June 17 (Abarca v. Dole Food Co.).

Plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Sparks of Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP in Beaumont, Texas, would not reveal financial details of the tentative settlement, saying the terms are confidential. Also, the plaintiffs must still sign off on the proposed agreement, he said.

If finalized by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the settlement would resolve all lawsuits Provost Umphrey and its...

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