Norma Zager’s new book details the battle between Beverly Hills and famed legal crusader Erin Brockovich. And Brockovich is less than impressed.

Brockovich, who gained fame in a legal pollution case that was chronicled in her namesake box office hit starring Julia Roberts, later claimed an oil well next to Beverly Hills High School caused cancer among former students. The city and the school district fought the case in a five-year legal drama that ended when the litigation was tossed out of court.

Zager, a former editor and writer for the Beverly Hills Courier, claims in the book, “Erin Brockovich and the Beverly Hills Greenscam,” that Brockovich and her legal team used “junk science” in the case. Brockovich dismisses Zager as “a comedian-turned-supposed journalist” and said she doesn’t plan to read the book.

She said Zager didn’t contact her while writing the book and, even if she had, it might not have made much difference.

“It’s difficult to speak with someone that comes into a conversation not to learn or understand but rather has preconceived ideas of what is going on and who someone is,” Brockovich said.

Zager, 63, said the book, published by Pelican Press, contains significant lessons for business people: They should work closely with their local community, especially on pollution issues.

“You can get away with polluting for the short term, but it catches up with you in the long run,” she said.

She said she wrote the book to encourage residents to get more involved and make sure that companies aren’t polluting their neighborhoods. That way, the trial lawyers don’t show up and distort the facts to bolster their case.

“Once the trial lawyers invade a community,” she warned, “the truth may never be discovered.”

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