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Chavez v. Dole Food Co., 13-4144

In an action filed by overseas workers of defendant Dole Food Company, seeking relief for long-term health consequences allegedly tied to work-related exposure to toxic pesticides, the district court's dismissal is vacated and remanded where: 1) the district court abused its discretion under the first-filed rule by dismissing plaintiff's claims with prejudice; 2) the district court erred by refusing to transfer plaintiffs' claims against defendant Chiquita Brands International to another forum; and 3) dismissals on timeliness grounds in a mirror suit filed in Louisiana District Court do not create a res judicata bar to plaintiff's claims.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/09/02




  • United States Third Circuit


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