Six Dole workers to get $3.3 million in sterility lawsuit

first_imgMiller claimed that Dole chose to spray the pesticide rather than injecting it into the soil or mixing it with groundwater as its manufacturer recommended on the product’s label. Dole attorney Rick McKnight, meanwhile, said that the pesticide was only applied once or twice a year. He said the chemical was diluted with water, sprayed at night for 15 minutes and then the plants were washed with 56,000 gallons of water for more than an hour afterward. Dole wanted the chemical on the roots, not the leaves, he said. Legal experts have said the case was significant because it raised the issue of whether multinational companies should be held accountable in the country where they are based or in the countries where they employ workers. The lawsuit could open the door for others to file similar claims in this country, where juries are known for awarding bigger judgments, experts said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The six plaintiffs – whose awards ranged from $311,200 to $834,000 – were among 12 workers suing Dole and Dow. Jurors in the Los Angeles County Superior Court trial found that the two companies were a substantial factor in causing them harm. Members of the seven-man, five-woman jury awarded the other six plaintiffs nothing after ruling that the companies did not substantially harm them. The jury decided that Dole would be held responsible for the bulk of the payments. The case is the first of five lawsuits involving at least 5,000 agricultural workers from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama, who claim they were left sterile after being exposed to the pesticide. Other growers and manufacturers are named as defendants. Duane Miller, the workers’ attorney, had accused Dole of improperly applying the pesticide in amounts far exceeding guidelines. WESTLAKE VILLAGE – A jury awarded $3.3 million to six workers Monday who claimed they were left sterile by a pesticide used at a banana plantation in Nicaragua operated by Dole Fresh Fruit Co. The workers’ lawsuit accused Westlake Village-based Dole and Standard Fruit Co., now part of Dole, of negligence and fraudulent concealment while using the pesticide DBCP in the 1970s. The chemical was used to kill microscopic worms on the roots of the banana plants. The suit also alleged that Dow Chemical Co. and Amvac Chemical Corp., manufacturers of the pesticide, “actively suppressed information about DBCP’s reproductive toxicity,” according to the lawsuit. Amvac reached a $300,000 settlement in the case before the trial, according to spokeswoman Kelly Kozuma. last_img read more

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Iniesta the perfect poster boy for new generation

first_imgPrimera División Iniesta the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at Barca Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Barcelona The midfielder, who will play his last game for the Catalan club on Sunday, has called for the Blaugrana to put their faith in La Masia Andres Iniesta’s time at Barcelona is about to end. The news that all of the club’s fans did not want to hear became reality in late April as the player confirmed his departure in a tearful press conference.The start of a long and painful goodbye had come in the final of the Copa del Rey, when the midfielder signed off with a goal and a vintage display, before leaving the pitch to an ovation from fans of both Barca and Sevilla.On the way off, he had embraced several of his team-mates and he then sat on the bench for a few minutes, emotion etched on his face as tears flowed down his cheeks. And shortly afterwards, he returned to lift the trophy following a comprehensive 5-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now After the game, he refused to confirm his departure, but said he would speak soon, and with the whole squad given most of the week off, the following Friday was the time to announce his decision to the world.Flanked by family, friends, the Barca board and most of his team-mates (Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, the latter due to a passport issue, were notable absentees), he revealed his reasons for walking away this summer.”I don’t want to fool myself or fool anybody,” he said. “I’m 34 years old (actually he was still 33 at the time) and I know that everything would be more difficult. It’s a rule of life. Other challenges come and I will try to be as happy as I have been here.”Clearly, it was a difficult decision. “It is a really hard day for me,” he said of his imminent exit and move (probably to play in China or Japan, although it is still unconfirmed). “Because I have been here my whole life. Saying goodbye to what has been my home and my life is really complicated. But I understand that what comes next is even more complicated and difficult.”I could never forgive myself for making an uncomfortable situation at a club that has given me everything. That would not be fair on me and it would not be fair on the club.”Iniesta trophies graphicIniesta had signed a “lifetime” contract at Barca in October, but he had doubts back then and has chosen to leave on a high, still performing at the top level and with a domestic double set to be sealed this weekend as the Catalans close in on La Liga.The player broke down several times as he annpunced his decision to leave and especially as he thanked his parents and his sister, also present, remembering how he had arrived a shy kid 22 years ago, and his wife and “three treasures”, who were also in the room to watch his farewell press conference.There was also a message for the club. “Succeeding here was ingrained in my head,” he said. “It was a bit tough at first but it didn’t matter. The club should be aware of the value of the youth system. They are working well.”Xavi Andres Iniesta Barcelona“Andres eats at a different table,” Guardiola once said early on in his tenure as Barca boss. “He’s an example. I always says he’s an example for the youth players. They should look at him: he doesn’t wear ear rings, he doesn’t dye his hair.”He plays 20 minutes and he doesn’t complain. Wherever you play him, he doesn’t complain. And he always plays well, and he always trains well. And when he is injured, he is in a bad mood because he wants to come back and help the team. For Barca to have a player like him is priceless.”It has been and as Andres prepares to bow out on Sunday, nothing will be quite the same again. But Guardiola is right: just as Pep himself was back in the day, Iniesta is the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at La Masia. He can only hope the club gives them a chance.last_img read more

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