A California judge last week dismissed from the bench two tort cases against Dole and Dow Chemical, ruling that Los Angeles plaintiffs lawyer Juan Dominguez and co-counsel in Nicaragua committed a "fraud on the court" and a "blatant extortion" of the defendants and other manufacturers of the chemical DBCP, which had been blamed for causing sterility. The ruling puts in doubt $2 billion in pending judgments that Dominguez has won in dozens of similar suits.
Finding Plaintiffs Lawyers Committed Fraud, Judge Dismisses Tort Cases Against Dole and Dow Chemical
The American Lawyer
April 27, 2009