Dole Pesticide Suit Doomed By Atty Fraud

Law360, New York (March 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT) -- A California court on Friday dismissed a suit against Dole Food Co., determining that purported Nicaraguan banana farmers who sued the company lied at the behest of their attorneys about being affected by pesticides the company used in the 1970s.

Judge Victoria Chaney, an appellate judge sitting for the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County, had already vacated a $2.3 million jury award against Dole last summer. With Friday's order, she laid out her findings of fact and conclusions of law and...
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