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No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America Paperback – December 22, 1998
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The most controversial section of this ringing denunciation of corporate law is that on tort reform, which Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and 1996 Green Party Presidential candidate, and Wesley J. Smith denounce as "tort deform" measures sure to further insulate corporations from the damage wrought by pollution and dangerous products. But Nader has never shied from controversy, and this series of case studies attacks confidential settlements in injury cases, state ethics boards, and links between high-power corporate lawyers and government officials with an equal measure of indignation and reformist zeal. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Corporate attorneys are at the center of trends that have increased corporate power in the past 20 years, declare consumer crusader and 1996 presidential candidate Nader and lawyer Smith (coauthors of Winning the Insurance Game). Their book is rambling but important, as it uses case studies to illustrate what they see as unfair situations and potential avenues for reform. For example, confidential settlements in injury cases deprive others from safety warnings; judges can refuse such settlements, and some states have begun passing anti-secrecy laws. Though the American Bar Association recommends that one-third of the members of state ethics boards be non-lawyers, that goal is mostly ignored, and disciplinary boards are notably lax in punishing lawyers who obstruct opponents, destroy evidence or overbill. In strong words, Nader and Smith attack tort reform proposals that would limit manufacturers' liability, calling them "tort deform" measures that would further protect corporations to the detriment of individual consumers. But they don't acknowledge that in some cases?such as the way it can distort medical care?our tort system does need reform. Along with political reforms, the authors find hope in efforts by Harvard Law School alumni to form the Appleseed Foundation, which will establish new centers for law and justice that focus on systemic change, not just legal aid for individuals. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Remember the HOAs defense attorney(s) are funded by its insurance company, a corporation with millions and more in assets compared to the limited assets of first-time homeowners and many, perhaps most, middle-class homeowners. In this book, readers will learn the the Deadly D's employed to help the isurance company paying anything for damage the HOA caused or allowed to happen such as water damage. What are the Deadly D's?--Deny, Delay, Distort the Facts, ultimately Defend the HOA in a lawsuit, and in doing so Destroy the plaintiff--another Association homeowner. Read this book and then demand your elected officials reform civil justice proceedings until they do.
No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America
It took real guts and courage to expose the unethical tactics used by too many lawyers today, and I'm grateful that they did so. Highly recommended.
Since this was released in 1996, I decided to check the Bureau of Justice statistics to see if many of the trends they describe still apply and as of the latest batch of statistics on Civil Justice compiled for review (2005), the trends still hold true today. Obviously we need more than just the Appleseed Foundation to fight for fair and equitable justice in this country...
Great, informative read that every law student and adult U.S. citizen would do well to examine. Five stars was an easy choice for me on this one.
For a remedy, authors Nader and Wesley suggest an Appleseed Foundation, formed of local community volunteer groups, together with some overseeing coordinating committees. They mention Harvard graduates as playing a prominent behind the scenes part in overseeing reform. ..............
The problem with this approach is: first, volunteerism, presumably without pay, is insufficient motivation to overcome such entrenched and profitable bad habits. Second, it is not clear just what specific steps these groups should recommend, other than complain, and point out injustices of which many persons are already aware. . Third, there are already volunteer groups (I have a list of over 20) around the country who are angry with their treatment by the law and yet who have not been able to bring about a change in habits.