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The Rule of Lawyers: How the New Litigation Elite Threatens America's Rule of Law Paperback – June 1, 2004
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I just finished _The Rule of Lawyers_ and Olson should be thanked for piecing together more than a mere series of judicial outrages. Olson shows how trial lawyers have syphoned billions of dollars into their own pockets while manipulating legislatures and judges in order to shield themselves from accountability. This is nothing short of an assault on the Constitution. Every American who cares about the future of the country (please forgive the purple prose, but I'm serious here) needs to read this book.
Mr. Olson obviously has legal training and mostly gets the law right. I think the main flaw in his premise is just that it's not really reasonable or fair to expect the plaintiffs' bar to be better than the society they operate in. Sure they are crazed with greed and self-aggrandizing fantasies, but so are a lot of people. My point is, they are really a symptom of the society more than anything else. The real solution is to try to encourage the public to develop a better understanding of what the law is supposed to do. I don't think ad hoc legislative interventions like the Class Action Fairness Act are the answer. I worked for a district court and I can tell you that reports about overcrowded federal dockets are very true.Read more ›
Mr. Olson "tells it like it is," citing a mountain of well-researched facts and anecdotes, and he builds his case with the reader relentlessly. The author demolishes the myths that the trial lawyers' bar would have us believe, and explains why the system is out of control. Concludes he, "Year upon year we do nothing to govern our elite litigators, and the result at length is that they have decided to govern us." The ultimate victims are the taxpayers and the integrity of the legislative and judicial system.
This book should be required reading of every legislator and judge, both federal and state, as well as by every well-informed American, whether of conservative, liberal, moderate or agnostic bent. I rarely write book reviews for posting on www.Amazon.com, but this book was extraordinarily good.
some new rights to sue noting that some thinkers in the law schools and elsewhere had
come to see lawsuits as a king of surrogate social insurance, identifying deep pockets
from which accident victims might obtain compensation. In addition, law schools began to encourage lawyers to be entrepreneurs. Under this philosophy "...more than half of the nation's GNP would be routed through lawyer's offices. A lot would stay there."
The author states that trial lawyers are usurping the power vested by the Constitution in an elected Congress. He develops his thesis by reviewing the methods used by trial lawyers in litigation involving the tobacco settlement, gun control, silicone breast implants, asbestos, etc. In addition, the book discusses how some states, referred to as "The Jackpot Belt," are overly supportive of class action lawsuits and trial lawyers. In fact one southern town has class action lawsuits as its major industry and their wealthy trial lawyers are its elite citizens.
The text notes that the class action/mass tort litigation business is basically unregulated with the Washington Post newspaper lamenting that "we now have government by and for lawyers," who had "hijacked the public policy for private enrichment" in a "daring inventive and brazen" campaign. The author notes that all pretense of legitimacy was tossed aside when the trial bar referred to itself as a Fourth Branch of government, and notes that "...we allowed the Fourth Branch to seize the historic powers of government while escaping the long-evolved constraints on the abuse of that power.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
shocking and distressing, but a little tiresome by the end. But it certainly encourages one to support Convention of the States.Published 7 months ago by Mallow
This book shows how lawyers have become so powerful, and destructive to our society. We need simple, easy to understand laws, along with fewer lawyers. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Mark Herdman
Rule of Lawyers is more relevant now that when it was published. Several of the Mississippi attorneys, subjects in this book, have been indicted and convicted of judicial bribery... Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by TJ8506
Though the case studies (tobacco, guns, etc.) are a bit dated by 2007 standards, Walter Olson's RULE OF LAWYERS is a well-argued brief against the emerging and somewhat untrammeled... Read morePublished on November 14, 2007 by Kevin Quinley
Walter Olson, as other reviewers have noted, is biased. He is a pro-business conservative who works for pro-business causes. Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by Kristan O. Overstreet
Walter Olson's The Rule of Lawyers is a highly relevant book for our ever more litigious society. In a well-written 307 pages, Olson presents a scathing indictment of what he... Read morePublished on July 11, 2004 by Roy the Jayhawk
Walter Olsen has done a fine job of analyzing the inherent conflict of interest between the legal profession and Justice and the threat it posses to the ideals of Democracy. Read morePublished on February 13, 2004
I hestitated before buying this book. It was by someone who worked at a one of those tax deductible foundations suposededly dedicated to improving the planet for their fellow man. Read morePublished on September 15, 2003 by Edsopinion.com