Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious lawyer, is addressed by a group of families. When investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential. A leather production company could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia, but also is the main employer for the area. Schlichtmann and his three colleagues set out to have the company forced to decontaminate the affected areas, and of course to sue for a major sum of compensation. But the lawyers of the leather company’s mother company are not easy to get to, and soon Schlichtmann and his friends find themselves in a battle of mere survival.
Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, editor, producer, and founder of Film Rites, a film production company. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Schindler’s List and he has been nominated for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. The Times called him “the most artful and subtle screenwriter Hollywood has had since Robert Towne.” He was also presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival.
Zaillian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Jim Zaillian, a radio news reporter. He attended Sonoma State University, graduated from San Francisco State University and lives in Los Angeles. He is of Armenian descent. —Wikipedia