Supreme Court won't hear appeal from relatives of Colombian victims who want to sue Chiquita

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from relatives of thousands of victims of guerrilla conflict in Colombia who want to sue Chiquita Brand International in U.S. courts.

A divided federal appeals court last year threw out claims worth potentially billions of dollars against the produce giant in a ruling that said American courts have no jurisdiction over events that took place in Colombia. The court relied on a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that limited attempts by foreigners to use U.S. courts to seek damages against corporations for human rights abuses abroad.

The justices did not comment Monday on their order that left the appellate ruling in place.