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Agent Orange on Trial: Mass Toxic Disasters in the Courts, Enlarged Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0674010260
ISBN-10: 0674010264
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Agent Orange, a defoliant contaminated by the highly toxic dioxin, has stirred public interest on many levels. Schuck (Yale Law School) brilliantly tells the story of the class action suit brought by thousands of Vietnam veterans against the chemical companies that manufactured the herbicide. He probes deeply into the strategies of plaintiffs' lawyers, the novel defenses invoked, and the sitting judge's role. He not only tells of the legal questions involved and the practical ways they were addressed, but describes the bickering between the veterans' lawyers and the jockeying for preeminence in a case that potentially was worth billions. For general readers as well as scholars, this is a fascinating trip through the complexities of the law and the all-too-human response by all concerned. Daniel LaRossa, Connetquot P.L., Bohemia, N.Y.
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A blow-by-blow account of the ferocious six year legal battle...In vivid, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Schuck portrays the primary actors--judges, lawyers, clerks, and individual veterans--in a Dickensian drama of personality clashes, misguided idealism, power struggles, greed, immeasurable suffering and bitter disillusionment. (USA Today)

An engrossing tale of naive, angry veterans, their crusading, often self-serving lawyers, well-heeled chemical companies, and both ineffective and brilliant judges...Schuck relates this complex drama with colorful, novelistic detail, while always keeping present the essential purpose of his book, which is a critical analysis of the evolution of tort (personal injury) law in times of mass toxic disasters (asbestos, Bhopal, etc., as well as Agent Orange) and the growing use of class-action lawsuits to deal with them. (Los Angeles Times)

Extraordinary...In addition to providing a clear, easily grasped, but sophisticated summary of the evolution of tort law, [Schuck] shows how the Agent Orange case was a great morality play, a cathartic drama about the Vietnam War and about America's dismal treatment of the soldiers who fought it...These pages offer the finest in investigative journalism and are destined to join the ranks of classics in legal literature...It is a first rate introduction to the world of tort law, a tour de force of legal narrative, and a deeply thoughtful consideration of policy reform. (Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law)

[Schuck] brilliantly tells the story of the class action suit brought by thousands of Vietnam veterans against the chemical companies that manufactured the herbicide. He probes deeply into the strategies of plaintiffs' lawyers, the novel defenses invoked, and the sitting judge's role...For general readers as well as scholars, this is a fascinating trip through the complexities of the law and the all-too-human response by all concerned. (Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press; 2 edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674010264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674010260
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book helped me with my own claims for Agent Orange exposure, found it
very informative. as it provided me with facts I was not already aware of.Recommend it.
Dusty Earl Trimmer
Combat Vietnam veteran
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It gave me the information that I was looking for. Agent Orange still needs to be addressed in the country.
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I am fairly familiar with the history of Agent Orange. Peter's work was very good. However on the statement on page 60, lines 13,14 nd 15, is not correct. As early as 1950 (and possibly earlier) TCDD/Dioxin was known to be dangerous
to man. In 1952 Monsanto (a major manufacturer of 2,4,5-T) informed the U.S. Army Officials that what we now call Agent Orange was contaminated with TCDD during production of 2,4,5-T. It was also known that TCDD/Dioxin was 150,000 times more toxic than arsnic. (It was not called Agent Orange at that time).
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Great book! An excellent read for anyone trying to get a real-world look at how Civil Procedure can influence really meaningful substantive law. Adds great context to the boring old casebooks.
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