Erin Brockovich coming to Christchurch to talk to earthquake insurance claimants
International consumer rights advocate Erin Brockovich will visit Christchurch next month.
On April 10, Brockovich, who is associated with Australian law firm Shine Lawyers, will meet with residents fighting to have their earthquake-damaged homes repaired.
Shine Lawyers New Zealand managing director Andrew Hooker is representing the residents in legal action to recover their insurance entitlements.
Brockovich will visit areas of Christchurch where earthquake damage still remains.
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Brockovich was a legal clerk whose investigation led to the success of a major class action against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California in the 1990s.
Brockovich and the case were made famous in the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts.
The case alleged the company had contaminated the town's groundwater with chromium, which caused health issues including cancer.
The Pacific Gas and Electric litigation was settled for US$333 million (NZ$473m).
Brockovich has since worked on other high-profile environmental cases.
She now runs Brockovich Research & Consulting, and consults for several law firms including Shine Lawyers.