Erin Brockvich

"Erin Brockovich" is a strong and moving film about a woman with the same name. She is a single mother to three, doesn't have a job when we first meet her, and is practically broke. She is doing her best to manage when she ends up in a car crash which led her to Ed Masry's law firm. Later she went back and asked for a job. There she stumbled upon a curious case she investigated further. She found out that PG&E were letting a chemical called Hexavalent Chromium into the town Hinkley's water supply, causing the families there to fall ill, and doing nothing about it.

All this ended in a huge law suit that involved a bigger law firm a well. In the end the case was not taken in front of a jury, but a single judge who demanded PG&E pay 333 million dollars to be distributed among the residents of Hinkley.

 

Now this isn't exactly how it went down in real life, but what did happen was that Erin Brockovich put in a huge amount into this case. With no proper law degree she had a slightly different way of doing things. Her language for one is very different from the formal language the "well-educated" lawyers use. It's much more rough and she swears a lot. But the way she talks does have impact on people. They believe in her, she is a good speaker. She manages to convince Ed to give her the job in the first place, then to take on the case and then when she goes round telling all the people about the water, they believe her.

 

As well as having the job she has, which is extremely time consuming, she has to juggle three children, which puts a great strain on her and her boyfriends relationship. In the film she falls ill, presumably due to stress, but that isn't mentioned.  Whilst the other bigger law firm they were working with only became interested because of the big sums of money they would acquire if the won, Erin cared about and was moved by the people she was helping.

 

"Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough, stubborn and sexy. Erin is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day ?David? who loves a good brawl with today?s ?Goliaths.? She thrives on being the voice for those who don?t know how to yell. She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is you and me."

 

This quote is from Erin's website http://www.brockovich.com/my-story/. If you watch any clips of her speaking you will automatically agree. She really does fight hard and wholeheartedly. Since the PG&E case in 1993 she has taken on a couple of other big cases, mostly on environmental issues. These include one of the biggest oil spills in US history, testing for hexavalent chromium in Oklahoma, finding the reason behind a sinkhole in Louisiana and a massive fish-kill due to pollution in Ogeechee river, Savannah. She's been on news reports and taken part in debates;  she is an activist as well as an environmentalist. 

 

On a different note the law suit with Erin and Ed has not been the only investigation done on PG&E. They have been sued a huge number of times, and have had to pay settlement on several occasions. Another major disaster the company has been through happened in San Francisco in 2010. A suburb was badly damaged, and several people lost their lives when a PG&E gas pipeline burst.  PG&E shares fell 8% on the Friday after the explosion reducing the company's market capital by $1.57 billion. The company has had to pay heavily for it's mistakes, and as of 2012 the president of the company has said the clients "have to gain trust in us again".

 

Through both personal and professional gain and losses, Erin Brockovich remains today an independent woman, although she was arrested on June 7, 2013, in Lake Mead, Nevada a, for operating a boat while intoxicated. 

4 kommentarer

Ann

02.09.2013 kl.15:14

Wow, a lot of new information there! You did a great job investigating! Interesting for me to read!

Khadi

03.09.2013 kl.11:06

There is definitely a lot of facts. It would definitely inform someone who was unfamiliar to the case. The last part, however, seemed quite strange to me, like it doesn't fit in?

Kristin

03.09.2013 kl.17:46

Hi, Leah! This is a great article with a lot of facts. Your investigation has resulted in an informative and interesting article about Erin's life. Furthermore, I think your language is very good and you use a varied vocabulary. Next time, maybe you could write a conclusion at the end, summarizing the post? Otherwise, great work!

brett

04.10.2013 kl.20:09

Great work. It was very informal about Erin's life. You just need a conclusion at the end and it would be an amazing essay.

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