The story started when Erin (Julia Roberts), after an unsuccessful interview, got into a car accident. With that incident, she sought help of a lawyer. That’s when he met Ed (Albert Finney). Erin filed a personal injury case against a doctor, but she failed in the case and that left her even broke than before. Add to it her twice-divorced jobless status. She looked for a job and then she ended up as a clerk of her lawyer. While in a firm, she saw these real properties accompanied with medical records. These caught her attention, and made further investigations. One of the evidence she discovered is the main reason for the Hinkley, California residents’ numerous cases of serious illness, the Hexavalent Chromium which toxicates the underground water supply used by them. After pursuing this case, they received the settled amount that must be given by the PG&E $333 million. It was one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. In relation to the Laws on Obligations and Contracts, there are certain articles that must override to some situations given by this real story-based movie.
Most of the situations here in the story are more on obligations. Some of this are the following: the PG&E gave an obligation to defray medical expenses of the residents in Hinkley; Erin had an obligation to be the plaintiff’s bridge for the success of their case; There is also this reciprocal obligation between Erin (do her job) and Ed (compensate for her work); Erin’s boyfriend got himself to an obligation to take care of Erin’s children; Ed, before Erin work in his firm, he had an obligation to be Erin’s lawyer in her lawsuit to a doctor from a car accident. (Article 1156) PG&E has civil obligation to the complainants which was from, at first quasi-delict but later on turned into a crime, polluting the water supply. (Article 1157) This is the reason which Erin is trying air out... [continues]
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