Chiquita Brands International Inc. has settled lawsuits involving payments to terrorist groups in Colombia.
Cincinnati-based Chiquita will not pay monetary damages in the suits, the settlement of which was filed Jan. 5 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to a Cincinnati Enquirer report.
Chiquita will adopt âcertain governance and compliance changesâ and pay plaintiffsâ attorney fees, a company spokesman told the newspaper.
The deal does not apply to lawsuits filed by family members of people killed by Colombian paramilitary groups that allegedly received money from Chiquita for about 15 years, according to the report.
In 2007, a lawsuit was filed seeking $7.9 billion in damages from Chiquita for its alleged dealings with the United Self-Defense Forces of Columbia, or AUC.
Also in 2007, Chiquita, in a plea agreement, agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle a suit alleging that its Colombian subsidiary, Banadex, paid $1.7 million to the AUC between 1997 and 2004.