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Encyclopedia > Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich
Born June 22, 1960 (1960-06-22) (age 47)
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Occupation President, Brockovich Research & Consulting[1]
Spouse Shawn Brown (1982-1987)
Steven Brockovich (1989-1990)
Eric L. Ellis (1999-)

Erin Brockovich-Ellis (born June 22, 1960) is an American legal clerk who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the $28 billion Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), of California in 1993. Since the release of the movie that shares her story and name, she has hosted Challenge America with Erin Brockovich on ABC and Final Justice on Lifetime. She is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting, a consulting firm. Erin Brockovich is a 2000 movie which dramatizes the story of Erin Brockovichs first fight against the West Coast energy giant PG&E. The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and featured superstar Julia Roberts in the lead role for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. ... If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lawrence is a river city in and the seat of Douglas County, Kansas, United States, 41 miles (66 km) west of Kansas City, along the banks of both the Kansas (Kaw) and Wakarusa Rivers. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) , (NYSE: PCG), is the utility that provides natural gas and electricity to most of Northern California. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Erin Brockovich is a 2000 movie which dramatizes the story of Erin Brockovichs first fight against the West Coast energy giant PG&E. The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and featured superstar Julia Roberts in the lead role for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Lifetime Television is an American television network devoted to movies, sitcoms and dramas, all of which are either geared toward women or feature women in lead roles. ...

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Biography

Background

Brockovich was born Erin L. E. Pattee in Lawrence, Kansas to Frank Pattee, an industrial engineer and Betty Jo O'Neal-Pattee, a journalist. She attended Lawrence High School then Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She worked as a management trainee for Kmart in 1981 but quit after a few months and entered some potentially lucrative beauty pageants. After winning Miss Pacific Coast in 1981, she soon gave up pageant life because she found it shallow. She has lived in California since 1982. Lawrence is a river city in and the seat of Douglas County, Kansas, United States, 41 miles (66 km) west of Kansas City, along the banks of both the Kansas (Kaw) and Wakarusa Rivers. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Lawrence High School is a four-year public high school in the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, serving grades 9-12 as part of the Lawrence Township Public Schools. ... Kansas State University, officially called Kansas State University of Fashion and Design [2] but commonly shortened to K-State, is an institution of higher learning located in Manhattan, Kansas, in the United States. ... Riley County Courthouse, Manhattan Manhattan is a town located in northeastern Kansas at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. ... For the Australian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ... A beauty contest, or beauty pageant, is a competition between people, based largely, though not always entirely, on the beauty of their physical appearance. ... The Pacific Coast is any coast fronting the Pacific Ocean. ...


Brokovich was involved in a car accident in Reno and was seriously injured. Her case was settled out of court for $17,000. [2] Reno redirects here. ...


Pacific Gas litigation

The case alleged contamination of drinking water with hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium (VI), in the southern California town of Hinkley. At the center of the case is a facility called the Hinkley Compressor Station, part of a natural gas pipeline connecting to the San Francisco Bay Area and constructed in 1952. The case was settled in 1996 for $333 million, the largest settlement ever paid in a direct action lawsuit in U.S. history. A Hexavalent chromium compound: Chromium(VI)-oxide Hexavalent chromium or Cr(VI) compounds are those which contain the element chromium in the +6 oxidation state. ... Hinkley is a town in the Mojave Desert in California, 10 miles west of Barstow, 45 miles east of Mojave, and 50 miles northeast of Palmdale. ... In law there are two main meanings of the word settlement. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American...


Chromium (VI) is known to be toxic and carcinogenic,[3] and the 0.58 ppm in the groundwater in Hinkley exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level of 0.10 ppm currently set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.[4] However, while it has long been known that chromium (VI) is carcinogenic when ingested via inhalation, drinking water laced with chromium (VI) is widely believed to be less toxic; some experts argue that the exposures at Hinkley were too low to cause health effects, while others respond that there were too many gaps in the data on chromium to dismiss the Hinkley residents' case.[5] When Harvard's School of Public Health gave Brockovich an award in 2005, scientists were divided on the merits of her work.[6] National Institutes of Health researchers announced May 16, 2007 there is strong evidence that hexavalent chromium causes cancer in laboratory animals when it is consumed in drinking water. The two-year study conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) shows that animals given hexavalent chromium for three months developed malignant tumors on their pituitary gland.[7] The report warns that extrapolation of these results to other species, including characterization of hazards and risks to humans, requires analyses beyond the intent of the report. Nevertheless, health care professionals agree that the current data on Chromium (VI) are sufficient to justify strict legal limits on the hexavalent Cr concentration in water, and that neglect of these limits imposes a major health threat on the affected population. In pathology, a carcinogen is any substance or agent that promotes cancer. ... EPA redirects here. ...


Working with Thousand Oaks, California-based lawyer Edward L. Masry, Brockovich went on to participate in other anti-pollution lawsuits. One accuses Whitman Corporation of chromium contamination in Willits, California. Another lawsuit, which lists 1,200 plaintiffs, alleges contamination near PG&E's Kettleman Hills Compressor Station in Kings County, California, along the same pipeline as the Hinkley site. After experiencing problems with mold contamination in her own home in the Conejo Valley, Brockovich became a prominent activist and educator in this area as well. Today, Brockovich is a noted speaker in demand all over the U.S. Location in Ventura County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Ventura Settled 1875 Incorporated September 29, 1964 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Andrew P. Fox  - City manager Scott Mitnick Area [1]  - Total 55. ... Edward L. Masry (born in Paterson, New Jersey, July 29, 1932 - December 6, 2005) was a partner in the law firm of Masry and Vititoe and Thousand Oaks, California city councilman. ... Willits is a city in Mendocino County, California, United States. ... A plaintiff, also known as a claimant or complainer, is the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. ... Kings County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, southeast of Fresno County. ... The Conejo Valley is a region spanning both Southeastern Ventura County and Northwestern Los Angeles County in Southern California. ...


Biopic

Her story is the topic of a feature film, Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts in the title role. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Writing in a Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. Roberts won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich. Erin Brockovich herself had a cameo role as a waitress named Julia (in reference to Julia Roberts playing Erin). Erin Brockovich is a 2000 movie which dramatizes the story of Erin Brockovichs first fight against the West Coast energy giant PG&E. The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and featured superstar Julia Roberts in the lead role for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ...


Recently she was featured in an advertising campaign for Noel Leeming, a homeware chain from New Zealand.


After the success of the film about her, Brockovich was the target of a blackmail attempt by her old boyfriend, George (played by Aaron Eckhart in the film), one of her ex-husbands, and an attorney who threatened to smear her reputation as a parent. She called the police, who later arrested the three for extortion after conducting a sting operation.[8] Aaron Edward Eckhart (born March 12, 1968) is a Golden Globe-nominated American film actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


She did a cameo appearance as herself in The Simpsons Movie, but the scene ended up being cut. The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 animated comedy film based on the animated television series The Simpsons, directed by David Silverman, and scheduled to be released worldwide by July 27, 2007. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.brockovich.com/bio.htm, (accessed January 17, 2008).
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ David Blowes, "Tracking Hexavalent Cr in Groundwater," Science 295: 2024 - 25 (Mar. 15, 2002).
  4. ^ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Factsheet on: CHROMIUM.
  5. ^ Cheryl Pellerin & Susan M. Booker, "Reflections on Hexavalent Chromium: Health Hazards of an Industrial Heavyweight," Environmental Health Perspectives 108: A402 - A407 (Sept. 2000).
  6. ^ "Toxic award?" Science 310: 229 (Oct. 14, 2005).
  7. ^ NTP Report on Sodium Dichromate Dihydrate (CAS No. 7789-12-0) Administered in Drinking Water to Male and Female F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice and Male BALB/c and am3-C57BL/6 Mice
  8. ^ What Erin Brockovich did next | World news | The Guardian

External links

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