Six Nicaraguan banana workers were awarded $2.3 million in 2007 after they claimed that pesticides at Dole Food Co. banana plantations made them sterile. But now a Los Angeles judge is considering throwing out the verdict and pointing a finger at the men for alleged fraud.
It turns out that the six might have been recruited by Los Angeles attorney Juan J. Dominguez and a Nicaraguan associate, who are now alleged to have hatched a scheme to defraud Dole out of billions via similar lawsuits across the nation, according to Associated Press.
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The six Nicaraguans didn't even work at Dole, the company alleges. The company claims the men were part of a "fraud army," and Judge Victoria Chaney, who could reverse the verdict Tuesday, said the alleged scheme is "outrageous and profound."