Erin Brockovich

“Erin Brockovich”
Wendy Gates
Business Law Foundations
LEGL 210
This lawsuit lasted for over 2 years because there were so many plaintiffs that they had to be divided into 36 groups, and then each group went in front of the judge to determine their damages. In order to win, the plaintiffs’ lawyers had to:
  Prove medical causation (6)
      Deal with missing evidence that had been lost or destroyed
      Prove the extent of PG&E’s inappropriate conduct
    At the end of the arbitration trial, the plaintiffs reached a global settlement with PG&E which:
  Compensated all named plaintiffs in the amount of $333 million
      Required PG&E to clean up the environment
      Required PG&E to stop using chromium 6
    In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, lead by Erin and Ed Masry, the giant utility paid the largest toxic tort (7) injury settlement in U.S. history: $333 million in punitive *damages* (8) to more than 600 Hinkley residents.
Definitions of legal terms from the movie “_Erin Brockovich_”-
  In law, a class action or a representative action     is a form of lawsuit where a large group of people collectively     bring a claim to court. This form of collective lawsuit originated     in the United States and is still predominantly a U.S. phenomenon,     at least the U.S. variant of it. However, in several European     countries with civil law (as opposed to the English common     law principle, which is used by US courts), changes have in     recent years been made that allow consumer organizations     to bring claims on behalf of large groups of consumers.
      A motion to strike is a legal motion given by one party     in a trial requesting the presiding judge order the removal     of all or part of the opposing party's pleading to the court.     A motion to strike is also used to request elimination of all     or part of a trial witness's testimony. During a jury trial,     if motion to strike witness...