The Return of Erin Brockovich

We don’t know why Marvel or another comic line has not yet made a superhero modeled on Erin Brockovich, the paralegal turned toxics crusader made famous by Julia Roberts. and 

She was a single mother of three who convinced the late Ed Masry that something was seriously wrong in Hinkley, Calif., where PG&E had exposed hundreds of residents to Chromium 6. Eventually, famed Los Angeles plaintiff lawyers Tom Girardi and Walter Lack joined with Masry and won a $333 million settlement in the case, the largest toxic tort injury settlement in U.S. history.

According to the Daily Breeze, Brockovich has now joined with Girardi’s firm, Girardi & Keese, for another humdinger of a toxic tort. Brockovich and firm representatives met with 300 residents of Carson, Calif., last weekend. The residents claim they have been exposed by Shell Oil Co. to elevated levels of methane and benzene which seeped from underground oil tanks operated on the site in the 1960s. In some spots, benzene has been detected at 100,000 times the state standard, according to Robert Bowcock, an environmental consultant who spoke at the meeting. Some soil gas samples contained methane that exceeded the explosive threshold.

The lawsuit could be filed as early as November.


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