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Robert Bilott ’90 authors new book chronicling legal battle with DuPont

October 1, 2019 | Alumni

A graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Robert Bilott (1990) has authored a book chronicling his well-documented legal battle against the DuPont chemical company.

His new book, Exposure, takes the reader through Bilott’s personal experience of taking on DuPont after a family friend came to him with concerns about the water in his town of Parkersburg, W. Va. The release of the book comes just more than a month before the motion picture Dark Waters –  which depicts Mark Ruffalo as Bilott – is set to hit theaters. The movie is based on a 2016 article in The New York Times Magazine titled The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, while Bilott’s book is a more personal account of the case.

“Bilott is an engaging narrator who breaks our hearts with tales of clients suffering excruciating ailments and amazes us with endless 14-hour days scouring technical reports in search of that one clue that might help him make his case,” said Gary Rivlin in The New York Times. “The naïve corporate defense attorney we meet at the book’s start is gone by the end, and he seems no longer surprised when he realizes that regulators, including the Environmental Protection Agency, are in DuPont’s pocket.”

Exposure is on sale now and can be purchased on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, and other retail outlets.