This article contains a detailed use case of steps necessary to stop a corporation from deliberately poisoning some of the children, adults and animals it may or may not be profitably poisoning.
"…Bilott hunted through his files for other references to PFOA, which he learned was short for perfluorooctanoic acid. But there was nothing. He asked DuPont to share all documentation related to the substance; DuPont refused.
In the fall of 2000, Bilott requested a court order to force them. Against DuPont’s protests, the order was granted. Dozens of boxes containing thousands of unorganized documents began to arrive at Taft’s headquarters: private internal correspondence, medical and health reports and confidential studies conducted by DuPont scientists.
There were more than 110,000 pages in all, some half a century old. Bilott spent the next few months on the floor of his office, poring over the documents and arranging them in chronological order.
He stopped answering his office phone. When people called his secretary, she explained that he was in the office but had not been able to reach the phone in time, because he was trapped on all sides by boxes.
‘I started seeing a story,’ Bilott said. ‘I may have been the first one to actually go through them all. It became apparent what was going on: They had known for a long time that this stuff was bad.’
Bilott is given to understatement. (‘To say that Rob Bilott is understated,’ his colleague Edison Hill says, ‘is an understatement.’) The story that Bilott began to see, cross-legged on his office floor, was astounding in its breadth, specificity and sheer brazenness. ‘I was shocked,’ he said. That was another understatement.
Bilott could not believe the scale of incriminating material that DuPont had sent him. The company appeared not to realize what it had handed over. ‘It was one of those things where you can’t believe you’re reading what you’re reading,’ he said. 'That it’s actually been put in writing. It was the kind of stuff you always heard about happening but you never thought you’d see written down.’ …"