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An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Julia Roberts won the Academy Award for best actress for her role as Erin Brockovich and famously forgot to thank the real Erin Brockovich-Ellis in her acceptance speech. Afterward she was quoted as saying, "It doesn't bring out the Albert Einstein moment that you hoped it would."
I don't need pity, I need a paycheck. And I've looked. But when you've spent the past six years raising babies its real hard to find somebody who pays worth a damn, are ya getting every word of this down honey or am I talking too fast?
In the accident, Erin's car is seen being hit broadside by the doctors car obviously running though a red light while she was driving straight across the intersection, but in the telling of the accident in court Erin says that he came around the corner, out of control, as she was "slowly pulling out" of her parking space. In the visual, the doctor is clearly the guilty party but in Erin's courtroom testimony it appears that Erin pulled out of her parking space unsafely into the path of an oncoming cornering car.
The settlement awarded to the plaintiffs in the case of Hinkley vs. PG&E was the largest in a direct-action lawsuit in United States history.
$28,138,465 (USA) (19 March 2000)
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