Monday, April 27, 2009
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Chaney dismissed two tort cases against Dow Chemical and Dole as fraudulent. The suits alleged that chemicals manufactured by the defendants and used on banana plantations caused sterility. Law.com reports of the lawyers' misconduct (see the full article here) - the Edelman referenced below is the defendants' attorney:
The transcript of the hearing in which the judg excoriated the plaintiffs' lawyers can be found at this link. She will hold a contempt hearing and potentially refer the lawyers to the bar disciplinary committee.
(H/T Legal Ethics Forum - Roy Simon gives this the cute title "Banana Lawyer Slips, Tort Cases Fall")