If an independent prosecutor has his way, one of the state’s leading plaintiffs lawyers would face an admonishment, but no suspension, for signing fraudulent appellate briefs.

Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese in Los Angeles is in trouble over his representation of Nicaraguan banana workers in a case over pesticide exposure. His lawyer, Tom Nolan of Skadden Arps, told a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel Friday afternoon that Girardi didn’t read the briefs before they were submitted.

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