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A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr tells the complex story of a civil case in Woburn Massachusetts The events of the Woburn case touch on many problems in the tort law system The author really brings the reader into the story you feel that you are there experiencing everything And my personal favorite aspect is that it is a true story I read the book long before the movie came out but I have seen the movie as well The book was much more intriguing and sentimental than the movie The lawyers and families put their lives on hold and sacrifice everything to fight for this case in hopes of proving that two companies caused the pollution in question The case in Woburn Massachusetts began with one womans suspicions Anne Anderson discovered her son Jimmy had leukemia in the summer of 1966 During the time Jimmy was being treated for leukemia Anne began to talk to people in her neighborhood She soon heard of two other cases of childhood leukemia only a street away from her Anne began talking with one of the mothers Joan Zona because her son had leukemia as well and the two women became friends They discussed the incidences of leukemia in their neighborhood and both agreed that it was a strange coincidence but Anne became obsessed with the idea She discovered several other cases of leukemia and began to analyze why this was happening Anne started worrying about the water in Woburn which had not tasted good since two wells called G and H were drilled and began pumping water into eastern Woburn in 1965 Complaints began pouring in to the city of Woburn regarding the quality of the water and the rusting of pipes thus causing wells G and H to be shut down several times However the wells were not shut down for good until much later Anne expressed her worries to her family doctor her
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