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Margaret Henderson Movie Review ADJ/235 October 10, 2010 Plot: The movie “ Erin Brockovich” brings a number of ethical issues to light through the perspective of Erin Brockovich herself. This film is based on a true story, which is one of the reasons it intrigued me when I first watched the movie and what peaked my desire to write this paper on the story. The movie describes the story of Erin Brockovich who is a struggling single mother who becomes connected to Ed Masry’s law firm because of an unfortunate car accident, and begins working at the law firm out of desperation for an income. As she spends time filing papers as a clerk, she becomes interested in the human nature of the medical cases and persuades Ed Masry to allow her to investigate further. Erin spends numerous hours examining these cases and finds a link to between the community members of Hinkley, CA and a company by the name of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), who have a plant in Hinkley. The film goes on to show viewers several families in the Hinkley community who have various health problems, from headaches, to miscarriages, to gastrointestinal cancer. Although Erin does not have a law degree, she is able to uncover many details of this case through her discussions with these families, and therefore this film is focused on the perspective of the law firm and the members of the Hinkley community. She discovers the link between these health issues and hexavalent chromium in the water, which infiltrated the water system through PG&E’s plant in Hinkley. This film portrays the business world in a very negative light, as it uses PG&E as the cornerstone of the controversy. In this case, we learn PG&E is clearly at fault, which allows us to learn from a number of
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ethical issues with their business practice. There are two primary examples that stand out in my mind as harmful to the business world. First, once PG&E learn that Masry’s law firm is investigating their use of hexavalent chromium, a representative from PG&G is sent to the law firm to attempt to stop the investigation. This representative offers to buy out the Jensen
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Family who has been affected by poor health, and their young daughter, Annabell, is battling cancer that is speculated to be linked to PG&E. He offers $250,000 for the Jensen’s home in Hinkley however claims absolutely no responsibility for any medical conditions and would not pay any medical expenses. This representative is perceived to be a heartless person who is not taking responsibility for the damage his company has caused to families like the Jensen’s in the community of Hinkley. Another example of the company, and therefore business world, being rightfully portrayed in a negative light was when an assumed employee from PG&E actually calls to threaten the safety of Erin and her children. Erin is
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