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A civil action

Author: Jonathan Harr
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1995]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document : Biography   Computer File : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The lawyer had not wanted the case at first--it was too big, too complicated, too risky. Two of the nation's largest corporations stood accused of the deaths of children in a small town north of Boston. Against his better judgment, the lawyer found himself drawn into the case." "In this book, you'll meet the Harvard law professor who told the lawyer that this case was worth a billion dollars, that it was the sort  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trial and arbitral proceedings
Trials, litigation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harr, Jonathan.
Civil action.
New York : Random House, ©1995
(OCoLC)756447229
Named Person: Anne Anderson; Jan Schlichtmann; Anne Anderson; Jan Schlichtmann
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Harr
ISBN: 0394563492 9780394563497 9780679772675 0679772677
OCLC Number: 31969453
Notes: Map on lining paper.
Awards: Short-listed for Book Sense Book of the Year Award (Adult) 1997
Short-listed for National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 1995
Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award (General Nonfiction) 1995
Description: 500 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: Boston : July 1986 --
Woburn : summer 1966 --
The lawyer --
Rule 11 --
Orphans & dogs --
Discovery --
The woodshed --
Billion-dollar Charlie --
Facher's plea --
The trial --
The vigil --
The negotiation --
Blindman's bluff.
Responsibility: Jonathan Harr.
Local System Bib Number:
307360

Abstract:

"The lawyer had not wanted the case at first--it was too big, too complicated, too risky. Two of the nation's largest corporations stood accused of the deaths of children in a small town north of Boston. Against his better judgment, the lawyer found himself drawn into the case." "In this book, you'll meet the Harvard law professor who told the lawyer that this case was worth a billion dollars, that it was the sort of lawsuit that would ring the alarm in corporate boardrooms across America. And you'll meet his adversaries, foremost among them a crafty old trial lawyer, chairman of the litigation department at one of the biggest and most feared law firms in Boston." "The case turned into an epic struggle that took nine years of the lawyer's life. At the heart of the legal system, he was confronted by powerful and well-connected interests who would do anything to win. In the end, the struggle nearly cost him his sanity. He sacrified everything--home, friends, and reputation--not for money, but for what he believed to be the truth."--Jacket.
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One of the Best Books on the Legal Profession

by mccaulee (WorldCat user published 2009-05-02) Excellent Permalink

As a practicing environmental attorney I found this book very realistic about the practice of environmental law.  These cases usually never go to trial as they are so expensive to litigate.   Environmental studies, testing, and expert reports all to establish that W.R.Grace caused the groundwater...
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