When Rob Bilott, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, got a call in 1998 from a small farmer who said his cows were dying because a landfill owned by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co contaminated a creek near their pasture, it was the start of an improbable journey.
The West Virginia farmer, Wilbur Tennant, was reaching out to the high-powered defense lawyer - at the recommendation of Bilott’s grandmother - to sue. The family ties got Bilott to commit.
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