A lawsuit filed nearly two decades ago is finally going to be heard by the Hawai`i Supreme Court. And although the case has received little local publicity, it is part of a series of lawsuits around the country that pit Central American plantation workers against some of the giants of U.S. industry.
The plaintiffs in the Hawai`i case are six named individuals who worked in Central American banana plantations. They are suing several Dole Food and Del Monte companies, the Pineapple Growers Association of Hawai`i, AMVAC Chemical Corporation, Shell Oil, Dow Chemical, and Occidental Chemical, alleging . . .
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