Groundwater Contamination

Groundwater contamination refers to the pollution or spoiling of the water table found between saturated soil beneath the surface and the bedrock it rests on. Industries throughout Southern California have been guilty of illegally dumping carcinogens such as TCE, benzine, hexavalent chromium, ammonium perchlorate and other dangerous chemicals into the ground for years, affecting the lives of millions of people throughout the region.

We handle groundwater contamination cases on a contingency basis and offer free consultations.

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack is recognized as one of the leading litigation firms in the U.S., handling complex cases of groundwater contamination throughout the United States and other countries in Central and South America. Our most famous class action case involves serving as lead counsel representing more than 900 people affected by groundwater contamination in the case of Aguayo v. PG&E, made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts.

Contact our offices in Los Angeles, California, to meet with us about your groundwater contamination or other toxic tort litigation case. We will work with you as an individual plaintiff, or as part of a mass tort cause of action.

Partial Litigation History:

ABALO v. CHEVRON, et al.

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represented 126 residents of Montebello, California, against 168 corporate and municipal dumpers of waste at the Oil Landfill, an E.P.A Superfund Site. This case settled for $10,500,000.00.

ADAMS v. BETZ CHEMICALS

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack toxic tort attorneys represented 650 residents of Hinkley, California, against Betz Chemicals, the supplier of hexavalent chromium to PG&E. This case settled confidentially.

ADLER v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WATER COMPANY

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represented over 300 residents of San Gabriel Valley, California, against approximately 100 corporate polluters and local water distributors for toxic pollution arising from dumping of solvents, ammonium perchlorate and other chemicals. The case has been accepted for review by the California Supreme Court.

ACKLIN v. LOCKHEED MARTIN

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represented as co-lead counsel, over 800 residents of Redlands, California, against Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin for toxic pollution arising from Lockheed's dumping of TCE and Ammonium Perchlorate and contamination of the Redlands groundwater. Pollution occurred over 25 years as a result of classified rocket motor testing.

AGUAYO v. PG&E

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represented more than 900 people from Hinkley and Kettleman, California, against Pacific Gas & Electric for exposure to hexavalent chromium in the air, water and soil. This case was a continuation of the case that was the subject of the hit movie Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts.

ALLEN v. UNOCAL

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represented 85 plaintiffs in personal injury and property damage case against Unocal for pollution of Avila Beach, California. This case settled confidentially.

AVILA v. WILLITS REMEDIATION TRUST

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack acted as lead counsel for more than 800 plaintiffs exposed to hexavalent chromium permeating the air and water of Willits, California. This pollution was generated by a chrome plating company. This case settled confidentially.

DANBURY LANDFILL LITIGATION

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represented 344 residents of Bethel, Connecticut, against town of Danbury, Connecticut, for toxic pollution arising from their municipal landfill.

STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. GENERAL ELECTRIC, et al.

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack represented the State of New Mexico for damages in connection with contamination of state's natural resources as a result of toxic pollution from multiple corporate polluters.