LA judge dismisses workers' lawsuit against Dole

August 10, 2012 - 12:35 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by nearly 3,000 Filipino workers claiming injury from pesticide exposure while worked for Dole Food Co.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/NOlbvK ) the plaintiffs said they were exposed to the pesticides at banana plantations more than 30 years ago.

The food company says an identical lawsuit filed 13 years ago in the Philippines was dismissed by that country's supreme court.

The pesticides have since been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency, and classified as a probable human carcinogen.