The Erin Brockovich Story | 2000
The real-life story on which the hit movie "Erin Brockovich," starring Julia Roberts, is based. In 1987, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) told the townspeople of Hinkley, California, that chromium had been found in the drinking water. When PG&E began buying up homes and property near the plant, some townspeople became suspicious and one of them convinced an L.A. law firm to sue PG&E. Lead attorney Ed Masry was not the high-powered attorney normally needed to win a lawsuit against a giant corporation, but he soon discovered he had a secret weapon -- Erin Brockovich.
Erin Brockovich was a single mother struggling to support three kids, hired to answer phone calls and do filing. Even so, she began a one-woman investigation and the deeper into the case she went, the more passionate she became. In the suit, Ed Masry argued that PG&E had poisoned Hinkley's drinking water and caused numerous illnesses. The company argued "no" and produced several medical experts to support their claims. But, in the end, PG&E agreed to settle for $333 million, the largest direct-action settlement in U.S. history.