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Los Angeles judge dismisses Filipino workers' pesticides injury lawsuit against Dole Food Co.

08/10/2012 01:16 EDT | Updated 10/09/2012 05:12 EDT
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by nearly 3,000 Filipino workers claiming injury from pesticide exposure while working for Dole Food Co.

The Ventura County Star reports 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.