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The Infamous 'Erin Brockovich' Case over Polluted Groundwater in Hinkley

Erin Brockovich, famed environmental activist

A law clerk by the name of Erin Brockovich rose to fame over her efforts to uncover the reason why so many Hinkley residents were getting sick (and has since gone on to work on other significant environmental and toxic tort cases, often with Girardi | Keese). Her efforts were portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Erin Brockovich.

Energy at Any Cost? The Standing Rock Sioux Say No

From Hinkley to North Dakota: When will the environment start to matter?

When Pacific Gas and Electric Company polluted the groundwater of Hinkley, Calif., in the 1950s and 1960s, people suffered greatly for decades. Cancer and other serious ailments afflicted Hinkley residents. Many were sickened, and some lost their lives, from the cancer-causing agent chromium-6, used as part of PG&E's natural gas pipeline project.

Pucker Up: Study Warns Of Toxic Metals In Lipstick Products

According to new research, millions of Americans may be ingesting dangerous concentrations of toxic metal every day. Researchers are concerned that chemical materials like lead, cadmium and chromium appear in numerous solid lipstick and lip gloss products. This study reviewed 32 of the most popular products in these categories - and the authors now say that the federal Food and Drug Administration needs to follow-up.

Asbestos Litigation: Concerns About Future Compensation, Part 3

This is the third post in our series on the current status of asbestos litigation. Because of the slow-developing nature of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, some victims may be at risk of facing serious diseases without the assistance of compensation from the companies responsible for the illnesses.

Asbestos Litigation: Concerns About Future Compensation, Part 2

Although most Americans associate asbestos with old buildings and dangerous cancers, the facts of this toxic substance are less well known. Asbestos refers to a naturally occurring type of mineral fibers. While asbestos played a useful role in thousands of products in the 1900s and still exists in many aspects of everyday American life, the fibers are dangerous and can cause serious cancers.

Asbestos Litigation: Concerns About Future Compensation, Part 1

After several decades of litigation, asbestos victims are still coming forward every day with symptoms of mesothelioma and other conditions. While these victims are still entitled to compensation, the landscape has become much more complicated after years of asbestos-related toxic tort litigation. According to a new investigation by the Wall Street Journal, future victims may not have any source of compensation if current trends continue.

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