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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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Why Lawsuits Are Good for America

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Carl T. BogusAssociate Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law, Rhode Island, USA

ISBN13: 9780814799161
ISBN: 0814799167
Published: January 2003
Publisher: New York University Press
Format: Paperback
Price: £16.99



Judging by the frequency with which it makes an appearance in television news shows and late night stand up routines, the frivolous lawsuit has become part and parcel of our national culture. A woman sues McDonald's because she was scalded when she spilled her coffee. Thousands file lawsuits claiming they were injured by Agent Orange, silicone breast implants, or Bendectin, although scientists report these substances do not cause the diseases in question. The United States, conventional wisdom has it, is a hyperlitigious society, propelled by avaricious lawyers, harebrained judges, and runaway juries. Lawsuits waste money and time and, moreover, many are simply groundless.;The author of this title is not so sure. He argues that common law works far better than commonly understood. Indeed, the book contends that while the system can and occasionally does produce ""wrong"" results, it is very difficult for it to make flatly irrational decisions. Blending history, theory, empirical data, and case studies, it explains why the common law, rather than being outdated, may be more necessary than ever.

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