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Erin Brockovich Inspires Lawsuits

Hinkley, CA: (Apr-01-08) Several lawsuits were brought against Pacific Gas & Electric Company, after the release of the movie 'Erin Brockovich' in 2000, showing that 104 people were exposed to contaminated water in the town. The suits alleged that Pacific Gas & Electric exposed people to the cancer-causing chemical chromium 6 in the high desert town of Hinkley.

Sources close to the case stated that plaintiffs sued after watching the movie, and realizing that they may also may have been poisoned when they were living in Hinkley. Legal counsel for the plaintiffs stated that it wasn't just the people who lived by the plant who were affected, but everyone living in the town, as the contaminated water near the plant was dispersed all over town. Records show that the Hinkley Volunteer Fire Department used the water to fight fires and the water was used to fill swimming pools and dry summer wells. In a recent development in the case,

Pacific Gas & Electric Company agreed to resolve the lawsuits with a $20 million payout. The lawsuits against PG&E were filed in 2000 and 2001. As per court records, the first lawsuit was settled for $4 million. Since the lawsuits were filed, 12 plaintiffs developed cancer such as cervical and leukemia and two have died. [THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN: PG&E SETTLES WITH LOCAL ATTORNEYS FOR CONTAMINATION DEPICTED IN 'ERIN BROCKOVICH']

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Published on Apr-2-08


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