If an independent prosecutor has his way, leading plaintiffs lawyer Thomas Girardi would face an admonishment, but no suspension, for signing fraudulent appellate briefs in connection with his representation of Nicaraguan banana workers in a pesticide exposure case. Girardi's problems began when a Central American legal team mistakenly filed a complaint against Dole Food Corp. -- which doesn't exist -- instead of Dole Food Co. They then secured a $489 million judgment against the wrong corporate entity.
Lawyer Who Signed Fraudulent Briefs in Pesticide Class Action May Be Spared Suspension
October 6, 2009