Poor to Powerhouse
Who is She?
Erin Brockovich was born June 6th, 1960. In 1981, she made the big move from Kansas to California looking for change but instead, her life struggles began. By 1991 she had gone through two divorces, moved three times, had three kids, gone through bouts of depression, and been in a near fatal car accident. After her accident, Erin required neck surgery but could not afford it. Erin moved back to California and was introduced to attorney Jim Vititoe, of the law firm, Masry & Vititoe. Vititoe filed a lawsuit on Erin’s behalf and helped her get the neck surgery she desperately needed. Erin was in need of a job so in 1992 Erin started at Masry and Vititoe answering phones for $300 a week. Ed Masry came to her with a real-estate case that needed filing. The case concerned Pacific Gas & Electric’s interest in buying a family residence in Hinkley, California. She went on to find out that Pacific Gas & Electric had allowed the leakage of Chromium into the well-water of Hinkley, California for over 30 years. She went on to sue the company and she brought justice to the affected.
What was exposed?
What happened Next?
What happened to Brockovich?
And Pacific Gas and Electric?
In 2006, PG&E agreed to pay $295 million to settle cases involving another 1,100 people within the state for Chromium 6 related claims. In 2008, PG&E settled the last of the cases involved with the Hinkley claims for $20 million. The litigation brought by Brockovich led to a deeper investigation in PG&E and their alleged statewide water contamination. It resulted in a US wide awareness about the dangers of contaminated water and it brought justice to the many affected people of the Chromium 6 contamination.
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