Water Case in the News

Girardi | Keese is representing six mothers who had children with birth defects and two adults with leukemia who have filed suit against Waste Management Inc. and Royal Dutch Shell after a birth defect cluster in Kettleman City, California Waste Management operates a large landfill outside the city, which processed more than 83 thousand tons of PCBs - just one year before the suspicious birth defect cluster appeared. The firm is also suing Shell, which it contends contaminated the water supply with a leaky pipeline that runs from Martinez to Bakersfield through Kettleman City.

Girardi | Keese is representing residents of Merced against Armsted and Merck for water and air contamination. Residents claim they were exposed to toxic water and air contamination from a manufacturing plant that used hexavalent chromium, a cancer-causing chemical.

Los Angeles Attorneys for California Water Quality Laws

As consumer advocates for Californians and others throughout the nation, the attorneys of Girardi | Keese are acutely aware of the importance of a clean water supply - and the dangers posed to it by agricultural and business interests. From their history-making representation of residents of Hinkley, California, whose water supply was poisoned by Pacific Gas & Electric to current efforts on behalf of residents of Carson, Merced and Kettleman City, Girardi | Keese is at the forefront of water contamination litigation.

The firm has won hundreds of millions of dollars for water contamination. Most recently, David Lira and Keith Griffin secured a $13 million million settlement against Chevron on behalf of the state of New Mexico for dumping polluted water into wells there.

Some pollution occurred long ago, before the dangers of chemicals and other toxic substances were known. Today's property owners often argue that because they were not the polluters, they should not be liable for pollutants that have moved from their land into the water supply. Girardi | Keese attorneys are experienced in overcoming such defenses and providing the technical and scientific resources that are often critical to such claims.

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