Edward Louis Masry
(July 29, 1932 – December 5, 2005) was a partner in the law
firm of Masry & Vititoe and a city councilman.
He was born on July 29, 1932 in Paterson, New Jersey
Masry attended the University of California, Santa Barbara
, University of California Los Angeles
and University of Southern California
. Although he never received a bachelor's degree
, Loyola Law School
accepted him on an exemption due to high placement scores. He graduated with a Juris Doctor
degree in 1960. Thereafter, he was admitted to the State Bar of California
His firm was instrumental in bringing about the multi-plaintiff direct action suit against Pacific Gas & Electric Company
, alleging contamination of drinking water with hexavalent chromium
in the southern California town of Hinkley
. The case was settled in 1996 for $333 million, the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit
in American history. The case was adapted into the highly successful film, Erin Brockovich
, with Albert Finney
Masry died on December 5, 2005 in Thousand Oaks, California
at age 73. His death was due to complications relating to diabetes
. He died one week after resigning from the Thousand Oaks
city council because of his condition.
Ed Masry was Lebanese American
, as stated on the Lebanese Embassy Website.
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