There were 3000-5000 workers on Dole banana plantations in pre-Sandinista Nicaragua, but trial lawyers were able to find 14,000 plaintiffs to sue Dole alleging that pesticides on the plantations caused sterility. The trial lawyers were able to trick the Tellez v. Dole jury into believing the claims of the fake banana workers. Despite the attempt at a multi-billion-dollar fraud on an innocent defendant, the judge refused to sanction the attorneys involved, and we can guess that the bar association or Obama Justice Department will not get involved, either. [NLJ; AP/WaPo; Corporate Counsel; LA Times; Bloomberg]
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