HBO To Air New Environmental Litigation Documentary, “Mann v. Ford,” Tonight

Of late, we’ve written much about legal documentaries. Thus, we felt obligated to inform you, our dear readers, that HBO is airing another documentary of possible interest tonight. The Civil Procedure and Federal Courts Blog has alerted us to the following:

An HBO documentary, Mann v. Ford, will air Monday, July 18, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  It follows a mass action filed in 2006 arising out of the alleged negligent toxic poisoning of the Ramapough Mountain Indians’ land from the Ford assembly plant in Mahwah, N.J.

A synopsis of the film is here on the HBO web site.

We should note that we’ve not seen the program as of yet, so we cannot comment as to its merits or offer an official review.

However, if we had to guess, we’d say the makers of the film are probably not very fond of the Ford Motor Company. From the HBO synopsis: “‘Mann v. Ford’ follows community leaders Wayne Mann and Vivian Miligan and their lawyers over the course of five years as their fight for justice takes them from community centers to courtroom[s] of American justice to the halls of Congress.” The Plaintiffs in the depicted suit are represented by Vicky Gilliam of The Cochran Firm and Kevin Madonna of Kennedy & Madonna, L.L.P.

The Thoughts From My Camera blog offers some brief comments on the recent New York City screening of the documentary (attended by Robert Redford, whose son, Jamie, is one of the documentary’s producers), while Philip W. Thomas of the Mississippi Litigation Review and Commentary blog has a few thoughts, as well.

We may or may not watch this one, but if we do, we’ll be certain to let you know.

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