Ecuador Lawyers Sanctioned For False Cancer Claims

Law360, New York (October 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Disappointed with their race to sue Chevron Corp., a district court judge has ordered attorneys for three Ecuadorians who claimed they became ill from toxic waste to pay $45,000 for insufficiently verifying that they did in fact have cancer.

Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court of Northern California on Tuesday dismissed the three plaintiffs from the lawsuit after they admitted that they had not actually been diagnosed with cancer. The judge sanctioned their attorneys for failing to investigate clues suggesting that the claims were...
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