$2.3M Dole Verdict Nixed Over Atty Fraud, Tampering

Law360, New York (July 16, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT) -- A California court has thrown out a $2.3 million jury award against Dole Food Co., determining purported Nicaraguan banana farm workers who sued the company may have lied about being affected by pesticides the company used in the 1970s.

Judge Victoria Chaney, an appellate judge sitting for the Superior Court of California for Los Angeles County, vacated the judgment Thursday, citing fraud, active concealment and witness tampering by lawyers in Nicaragua.

A group of Nicaraguans led by Jose Adolfo Tellez sued Dole, Amvac Chemical Corp., Occidental...
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