LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has ordered Dole Food Company to pay nearly $200,000 in legal fees and costs to a Swedish filmmaker who battled the company in a free speech case involving release of his documentary.

Dole had sued Fredrik Gertten for showing the documentary “Bananas” despite a court ruling that the case on which the film was based had been part of a massive extortion plot against the company. But Superior Court Judge Ralph W. Dau found that Dole was trying to stifle Gertten’s right to free speech.

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Dole claimed the movie was defamatory and false in its depiction of Dole’s treatment of banana workers and use of a banned pesticide.

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The company dropped its lawsuit after the Swedish parliament denounced Dole’s lawsuit as unwarranted interference with freedom of speech and threatened to hold hearings.

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