Erin Brockovich, Anderson Et Al V. Pacific Gas & Electric Company

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Running head: Erin Brockovich, Andersen v. Pacific

Erin Brockovich
Anderson, et al v. Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Superior Court for the County of San Bernardino, Barstow Division, File BCV 00300 (1993)
Christine K. Horold
Strayer University

Abstract The movie Erin Brockovich (2000) depicts one of the most recognized cases of toxic tort cases in the United States. According to an article in Entertainment Editors “a toxic tort is a special type of personal injury lawsuit in which the plaintiff claims that exposure to a chemical caused the plaintiff’s toxic injury or disease” (freelibrary web site, 2000) In the movie Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts, is assigned to do some research on pro-bono case her employer Ed
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The breakthrough came in the form of a former employee who tells Erin that he while he was working at the plant he was ordered to destroy many of the old documents, however he kept some of them and turned them over. The documents included memos from the PG&E corporate office to the Hinkley plant, establishing that corporate officers has knowledge of the illegal dumping of contaminated water into those unlined pools (tcm web site). The Law firm won the case in the end with the verdict that Pacific Gas & Energy had to compensate the plaintiffs in the amount of $333 million for damages ( web site). Erin Brokovich was presented with a check for $2 million for all her efforts, and continues to work on cases involving peoples who have been victimized by large corporations. Attorney Ed Masry, of the law firm Masry and Vititoe served as a city councilman at the beginning of 2000, and served as major of Thousand Oaks for one year; he died December 5, 2008 at a hospital in Thousands Oaks (New York Times web site). One would think the story has ended here, yet there is more to come. The Associated Press reported on April 4, 2008 that there were other law suits involving PG&E and approximately 1100 residents from Kings, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. The last suit was finally settled in March 2008 for $20 million (SF Gate web site).
One would think that other companies have learned and tried to avoid

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