Attorneys for the plaintiffs who sought to sue Dole made only a brief opening statement. But one of the lawyers, Michael Axline, said he agreed with the Dole lawyer that "all parties were in a nightmare situation."
He expressed regrets for the actions of a one-time co-counsel in Nicaragua who is now accused of engineering the fraud.
Similar lawsuits against Dole are pending in Florida, Texas and Hawaii, among other states.
___Associated Press Writer Thomas Watkins contributed to this report.