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Erin Brockovich files claim against Beverly Hills school
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LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist who inspired the film of the same name that won Julia Roberts (news) an Oscar in 2001, filed claims against a Beverly Hills school over claims that toxins on campus gave students and staff cancer.


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"Two hundred and eighty alumni and teachers are involved. They want answers, and so do we," Brockovich told a press conference Monday, as she announced the first list of 25 plaintiffs that will form part of a class-action suit.


Brockovich and lawyer Ed Masry in 1996 forced the utility company Pacific Gas and Electric to pay 333 million US dollars to the residents of tiny Hinkley, California to settle a water contamination suit.


That case launched the two to fame, and was the premise of the Steven Soderbergh (news) film that earned Roberts an Oscar for her portrayal of Brockovich.


Masry and Brockovich said their researchers had found abnormally high levels of toxins at the upscale Beverly Hills high school.


The lawyer said the illnesses in staff and students were linked to an oil well that was operated for years on the school's campus.


Masry said he was representing dozens of former students who developed lymphoma after being exposed to toxins released by the drilling.


School superintendent Gwen Gross said that "dozens and dozens of tests" conducted by southern California's air quality agency had determined that the oil well posed no risk.


Those test results found that gas levels "proved to be within appropriate health limits," Gross said.


Local reports said the well earned the Beverly Hills school district 300,000 dollars a year.
 

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I smell a sequel.

Thanks for the article.
 
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