On Friday, May 29, 2015, Gomez Trial Attorneys and Baron & Budd filed a class action lawsuit against Ametek, Inc. for contaminating the groundwater beneath Magnolia Elementary School in the Cajon Valley School District. On Monday, June 1, the Cajon Valley School Board voted unanimously to close Magnolia Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year to pursue monitoring and remediation efforts. The lawsuit alleges that underground chlorinated solvent waste has caused vapor intrusion into the classrooms of Magnolia Elementary. The class includes Magnolia students and teachers exposed to the chlorinated solvent vapor intrusion.

They dumped up to 7,000 gallons of chlorinated solvent waste into the ground a month

Between at least 1963 and 1985, Ametek and its predecessor dumped up to 7,000 gallons, per month, of chlorinated solvent waste into a hole in the ground, causing the largest TCE plume in the state of California. The chlorinated solvents include TCE, PCE, DCE, TCA, and Dioxane. Vinyl chloride has also been detected in the classroom air. Vinyl chloride is a highly toxic breakdown product of chemicals such as TCE and PCE. The plumes extends westward 1.3 miles out to Gillespie Field, San Diego’s east county airport.

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If you or someone you know attended or worked at Magnolia Elementary, or lives or works near the area, please contact John Fiske at 619-237-3490 or [email protected].


East County School to Reopen Despite Concerns of Toxins


John Gomez and John Fiske represent cities in suits against Monsanto, which created, manufactured, distributed, and sold a dangerous chemical known as Polychlorinated Biphenyls or PCBs.

PCBs were banned by Congress in 1979, but their widespread application prior to their ban caused global contamination. PCBs are toxic, carcinogenic chemicals once used in industrial and commercial applications such as paint, caulk, coolants, lubricants, transformers, capacitors, and other applications. Over time, PCB chemicals have escaped their intended applications and invaded the Earth’s ecosystem.

Cancer-causing PCBs were widely used in building materials for decades. Whether anyone bothers to look for them at your kids’ school, and what happens next, is mainly an accident of geography.

Now, cities and taxpayers are left to clean up PCBs from public waterways and systems, even though Monsanto had knowledge that PCBs could become a global contaminant, threatening wildlife, marine animals, and human health, but produced it anyway.

Concerned about Monsanto PCB contamination? If you have any questions about Gomez Trial Attorneys’ PCB litigation, please contact John Fiske at 619-237-3490.

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