Sonia Eduarda Franco v. Dow Chemical Company Reference : 08-80090 03-57038 Complaint date : No description Status : Final judgment Place of jurisdiction : United States Plaintiffs types : Farm/rural workers Plaintiffs names : Sonia Eduarda Franco Franco and 465 Nicaraguan plaintiffs Defendants : Dow Chemical Lawyers : Thomas V. Girardi, Walter J. Lack, Paul A. Traina Case nature : Civil court Products : Nematicide, DBCP Requests : Decide the appropriate discipline in the case of respondents who represent Nicaraguan claimants in litigation concerning the effects of the DBCP on banana plantation workers. Name of the Court : United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit, United States Jurisdiction level : Appellate (Appeal) Court Decision date : July 13, 2010 Decision nature : No description Decision content : Thomas V. Girardi is formally reprimanded, Walter J. Lack and Paul A. Traina are suspended from practice before the Ninth Circuit for six months. Legal basis : Court Ruling : Link to the ruling Summary : In september 2001, Sonia Eduarda Franco and 465 other Nicaraguan plaintiffs sued several American companies for injuries caused by the companies’ use of DBCP on banana plantations in Nicaragua. Respondents attempted to enforce a Nicaraguan judgment for $489 million in district court and failed. They undertook and maintained an appeal to this court although they knew that the document they offered as evidence of that judgment was spurious. Scientific references : No scientifice reference for this case. Related links : No related link for this case.