A Civil Action Setting & Symbolism

Jonathan Harr
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Woburn, Massachusetts

Small town 40 miles north of Boston and site of childhood leukemia cluster which results in a lawsuit against two multi-national corporations for poisoning resident drinking water.

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency charged with investigating all forms of pollution and devising regulations and guidelines regarding toxins and pollutants.

Rule 11

A judicial regulation which impose severe fines for those who bring frivolous lawsuits before a federal court.

barratry

The open solicitation of clients for a lawsuit, the ethics of which is still a matter of legal discussion.

Wells G and H

Two wells which provided water to East Woburn and which were contaminated with a number of toxins, including TCE, a suspected carcinogen.

Trinity Episcopal Church

The small church of Reverend Bruce Young and site of many family meetings during the lawsuit against Grace Chemical and Beatrice Foods.

J.J. Riley Tannery

The only tannery left...

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