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Thomas V. Girardi, Esq.

While Thomas Girardi has garnered many multi-million dollar verdicts, including high profile cases against Lockheed Martin, Merck and the L.A. Dodgers, he is perhaps best known for the case against Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where he successfully represented 650 residents of Hinkley, California who blamed increased incidents of cancer and other diseases on contaminated water leaked from a gas pumping station. Pacific Gas & Electric Company ultimately paid the Hinkley residents $460 million. This case was inspiration for the movie Erin Brockovich.

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The mission of the nationally acclaimed American Museum of Tort Law is to educate, inform and inspire Americans about two things: Trial by jury; and the benefits of tort law. Tort law is the law of wrongful injuries, including motor vehicle crashes, defective products, medical malpractice, and environmental disasters, among many others.

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“The American Museum of Tort Law reminds visitors how unhealthy American lives were not so long ago.”

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“The museum’s mission is to restore the idea that personal-injury law is not a way to line the pockets of a few lucky lawyers but rather a way to hold the powerful to account. As presented by the museum, personal-injury law may be the only way to hold a corporation accountable to the people it has harmed.”

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