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A Civil Action is based upon a true story that Jonathan Harr a former staff writer of New England Monthly describes a case that in the legal system that is fascinating and compelling The story of a impracticable quest by an idealistic young personal-Injury lawyer whose aim was to prove that two conglomerates Beatrice Foods and WR Grace allegedly polluted the water in Woburn Mass a Boston suburb with carcinogensJan had hoped that a victory would send a message to the boardrooms to America and felt that the culture of Leukemia in Woburn guaranteed his success He never realized that he would be comforted with problems in the justice system First with the federal courts which were not sympathetic to damage suits the trial judge felt the same way He then went on to his third try with a different judge Which was unsuccessful due to one of the defense witness who lied On his fourth try the defense attorney failed to deliver all relevant documents to Schlichtmanns teamJan Schlitmann was a lawyer in the upper bracket as far as money was concern He lived in a luxury condo worn only hand-tailored Dimitri suits and silk Hermes ties Bally shoes and drove a Porsche Schlitmann not only was a well to do lawyer he also was a lawyer that believed in justice whether he got paid or not in regards to this case He spent nine years of his life lost all of his assets gave up his personal possessions and personal life to see this case to the end and justice would be servedThe case against Beatrice was thrown out and the plaintiffs accepted a sum of eight million from Grace Personally bankrupted Schlitmann considers himself a failure Also the demands of the case coupled with self-delusion and sometimes poor professional judgement bankrupted the plaintiffs lead attorney emotionally and financially The case took two years Anne and Zonas hired an attorney to check the
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