Sunday, January 10, 2016
The Lawyer Who Became Dupont's Worst Nightmare
"Rob Bilott was a corporate defense attorney for eight years. Then he took on an environmental suit that would upend his entire career — and expose a brazen, decades-long history of chemical pollution."
By NATHANIEL RICH, New York Times, Jan. 6, 2016
Another in-depth report in the tradition of Steven Brill's brilliant account of America's Most Admired Lawbreaker, Nathaniel Rich paints a riveting portrait and account of corporate attorney Rob Bilott taking the case of a cattle farmer who called about his cows mysteriously dying. Years of digging let to discovery of the cause: wide scale poisoning from PFOA-tainted water from DuPont's landfill from Teflon production. Long after DuPont learned of PFOA's health hazards, they buried the data and denied the links - and the responsibility. Federal, state and local regulators repeatedly sided with DuPont's claims of safety over citizens' and scientists' claims of harm. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is now recognized by EPA as a health risk.