September 28, 2022
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Dole suit dismissed

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A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge tossed out two remaining lawsuits April 23 brought by Nicaraguan plaintiffs against Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. and two other companies.

The decision was made in response to evidence that the plaintiffs — and some of their attorneys — fabricated their claims, engaged in a long-running conspiracy to commit a fraud on the court, used threats of violence to frighten witnesses and suppress the truth and conspired with corrupt Nicaraguan judges.

The Nicaraguan citizens had claimed they were sterile as a result of exposure to the pesticide DBCP on Dole-contracted Nicaraguan banana farms more than three decades ago.

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