Edward L. Masry

Edward Louis "Ed" Masry ( born July 29, 1932 in Paterson, New Jersey, † December 5, 2005 in Thousand Oaks, California ) was an American lawyer. He studied at various universities and graduated in 1960 his law studies with success from, after which he pursued a law firm that had specialized in damages. He died in 2005 at the consequences of his diabetes, just a week after he had sat down to rest.

Ed Masry became known through a legal battle with the power company Pacific Gas & Electric Company, he had sued on suspicion of contamination of ground water with highly toxic and carcinogenic substances on behalf of many local residents. The trial ended in 1996 with a compensation sum of 333 million U.S. dollars, the highest amount ever awarded to a plaintiff in such a lawsuit in the United States.

His most important " partner " in this litigation was his clerk Erin Brockovich, which had no legal training, but what they could be compensated for by their great commitment and her exceptional talent in dealing with other people.

The story of Masry and Brockovich was filmed in 2000 under the title film Erin Brockovich. The main role was played by Julia Roberts, who won an Oscar as Best Actress for this. Ed Masry was portrayed by Albert Finney.

In the following years Masry and Brockovich -Ellis competed in a variety of environmental regulatory process in which they were criticized for their handling of scientific data by the courts and, increasingly, media. They were accused, without any technical basis to bring charges and to agree with the accused companies to comparisons, to which the defendant received because of the reputation loss.