Treat others as you wish to be treated Criticize ideas, not people Stay on topic Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language Flag bad behaviour Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Jul 19, Emma rated it it was amazing. But even in the days of lush lunches and the Brobeck bump , law was still a profession that ate its young. While the author focuses on the prosecution's claim, he doesn't leave out the perspective of the companies, though the bias is clearly favoring the prosecution.
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Highly recommended if you're intrigued by civil litigation or environmental contamination. The lawsuit, which lasted nine years, concerned the tragic consequences of exposure to toxic waste: Apr 28, Steven rated it liked it Shelves: Ambrose Bierce I read this book early in my legal career, probably 20 years ago.
After some tests it was proved that two wells that were pumping Woburn's water were infested with trichloroethylene TCEand An amazing book that opens a window on the world of civil lawsuits.
If not, what might be done to improve the situation?
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The experts must be hired early just to get past motions to throw the case out of court. More like A Civil Fiction. And no matter how right you ar An inside look at the case that made Jan Schlictmann famous: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
The efforts he went to to try to prove two major companies responsible are amazing in themselves and in how they are portrayed by Harr.
A Civil Action is real-life courtroom drama fit for a beach read - The Globe and Mail
In a postscript, a montage of short scenes involving the key characters in the film, combined with on-screen captions, reveals that the Environmental Protection Agencybuilding on Jan's work on the case, later brought its own enforcement action against the offending companies, forcing them to pay millions to clean up the land and the groundwater. Nov 19, Kristin rated it it was ok. Rich and famous together aren't so difficult.
Residents complain about the smell and taste of the water and are continually told that there is nothing wrong. Small law firms cannot afford to front the expenses and then possibly be left holding the bag if the case tanks before they can even get to a jury. But ultimately, just like the Greeks inSchlictmann standing up against more powerful forces simply causes him to lose everything. Grace and the other by Beatrice Foods, might have been the culprits.
S Learn how and when to remove this template message. The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece. Story continues below advertisement. In fact, according to Harr, he spent more time on the emotional appeal of his argument than he did on the substance of his response.
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Wikiquote has quotations related to: Famous isn't so difficult. This may sound like potentially tedious material, but Jonathan Harr, a former writer for the New Yorker, actiin it constantly vital, alive, and real. Hence his nickname in the book, "Billion Dollar Charlie. Apr 10, Nathan Slauer added it. The law firm also located a witness who worked at the tannery who was prepared to testify that he had participated in removing sludge from the tannery's site and dumping harr into a nearby stream over several years.
As the book opens, Schlichtmann is close to homeless, behind on three mortgages and unable to make payments on his maxed out credit cards and the computers at his law firm. Clarke Edward Convers Christopher J. If you want work to be your primary focus, that can be great. Bringing a class action lawsuit in federal court, Jan represents families who demand a clean-up of contaminated areas and an apology. Oh well, prepare for the real deal.