Environmental Cases in the News

Girardi | Keese has won hundreds of millions of dollars for individuals harmed through environmental contamination caused by businesses that contaminated worksites and communities.

Working with famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich, Girardi | Keese won nearly $1 billion for residents of Hinkley, California., against Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, for toxic dumping. The illness and deaths suffered by the community became the subject of an Academy Award-winning movie.

Girardi | Keese is suing Shell Oil Co. for hundreds of residents of the Carousel development in Carson, California, where benzene has been observed coming up in the cement grooves of patios. Shell operated an oil tank farm on the site from the 1920s to the 1960s.

"The law says you can't pollute or expose people to benzene and arsenic. That's what the law says." Thomas Girardi

Supporting Environmental Conservation Through Legal Action

Girardi | Keese attorneys specialize in handling the biggest, most complex environmental damage and toxic tort cases.

Our attorneys handle environmental matters involving:

Among other environmental contamination successes:

John K. Courtney won $14.9 million for homeowners who became sick and died as a result of rocket fuel negligently discharged by Aerojet General, resulting in NDMA, TCE and ammonium perchlorate exposure.

Robert Finnerty was part of the team that won a verdict of $785 million for 650 workers at the top-secret Lockheed Burbank "Skunk Works" plant who were exposed to deadly chemicals supplied by Unocal, Shell, Exxon, DuPont and Ashland Oil while building the Stealth Bomber and Blackbird planes. Among the chemicals they were exposed to were MEK, Toulene, Isopropyl Alcohol and Acetone.

The firm won $13 million from Chevron USA for contamination of water wells in New Mexico.

Examples of the types of harm suffered by consumers, who we represent in private actions can be found at the California Environmental Protection website. These include air pollution, hazardous waste and materials, pesticides and water quality.

Environmental cases can involve significant amounts of money and scientific expertise. Girardi | Keese has decades of experience handling these matters and the resources and network of professionals that are often key to bringing environmental contamination claims.

Check this page frequently to learn about new environmental cases in California or contact Girardi | Keese in Los Angeles at 213-977-0211 to discuss your legal issue with an environmental lawyer.