A judge in Los Angeles threw out a $2.3 million verdict against Dole Food Co. on Thursday, ruling that widespread fraud orchestrated by the plaintiffs' attorneys prevented the company from deposing witnesses. The case was brought by Nicaraguans who claim they were rendered sterile after being exposed to the pesticide DBCP while working on Dole's banana plantations in the '70s. The judge concluded that two lawyers coached the plaintiffs, falsified medical records and intimidated Dole's investigators.
Finding 'Massive Fraud' by Plaintiffs Attorneys, Judge Tosses Out $2 Million Judgment Against Dole
The National Law Journal
July 16, 2010