NEW YORK, Sep 26, 2008 – LawFuel – Legal Jobs & Legal Announcements – An award-winning film chronicled her victorious crusade against a corporate polluter. She has dedicated her life to helping the public fight for the right to a safe environment. No wonder Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. ( www.weitzlux.com), the largest plaintiffs’ firm in New York, has chosen to partner with consumer advocate Erin Brockovich to help victims of asbestos, toxic dumping,
dangerous drugs and other acts of negligence the firm takes on in its extensive practice.
“The public shares a unique bond with Erin because they can relate to her real-life battle against a corporation that effectively poisoned a community’s groundwater,” said firm cofounder Arthur Luxenberg. “We knew there was no better partner who would add depth, value and passion to our work.”
The firm, the national leader in MTBE litigation, recently secured a landmark settlement against some of thecountry’s biggest oil companies, which have agreed to pay $423 million in a suit involving the contamination of 153 public water systems nationally.
Brockovich took note of such successes when she worked alongside the firm’s Environmental Toxic Torts unit several years ago. “After experiencing firsthand the way Weitz & Luxenberg operates–the tenacious way they take on defendants that have willingly placed people in harm’s way–I felt proud when they asked me to join forces to fight injustices such as medical malpractice, tainted pharmaceuticals and faulty medical devices.”
Brockovich has worked on major toxic tort cases, including those that involve hexavalent chromium, which has poisoned communities, causing cancer and other illnesses. Such efforts have made her a much sought-after lecturer across the country.
“It is through awareness and information that we can protect ourselves, our families and our health,” says Brockovich, who believes the absence of knowing information makes the public vulnerable to negligent corporations and other entities.
You may have seen Weitz & Luxenberg’s television campaign featuring Brockovich, which just began airing. It highlights the firm’s asbestos litigation, reaching out to those who have received a diagnosis of asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma. “I have worked with them and I trust them,” says Brockovich, staring intently into the eyes of TV viewers, explaining why she believes Weitz & Luxenberg can help people file an asbestos-related claim.
The firm, now 60 lawyers strong, has been practicing mass tort litigation longer than any other firm in New York State, getting at the forefront of asbestos litigation in the late 1980s. Weitz & Luxenberg recently achieved a $16.25 million verdict in an asbestos lawsuit. The case, which clears a new path to justice in asbestos litigation, is believed to be the first successful asbestos verdict against a dental supply company. The firm is known for spearheading such asbestos cases, among others, securing a $37 million asbestos verdict in 2007 in two lung cancer cases in a reverse bifurcated trial. Weitz & Luxenberg also won a $25 million jury verdict in 2006 in a trial against DaimlerChrysler AG for a New York City brake reliner who lost his right lung to mesothelioma. The firm’s asbestos litigation unit has over 35,000 clients nationwide and has won some of the area’s most groundbreaking cases.
Brockovich sees shades of herself in the firm’s dedication to winning for its clients. “I haven’t backed down from the tough challenges in my life, and neither does Weitz & Luxenberg,” said Brockovich. “Seeing is believing.”
View the Weitz & Luxenberg campaign starring Erin Brockovich.
Those who have been harmed by asbestos, environmental pollutants or other acts of negligence should visit the Weitz & Luxenberg website, www.weitzlux.com. You may also call the Client Relations department at 1 (800) 476-6070 or send an e-mail to [email protected]