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Mass Torts in a World of Settlement
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Mass Torts in a World of Settlement

Richard A. Nagareda

Abstract

The traditional definition of torts involves bizarre, idiosyncratic events where a single plaintiff with a physical impairment sues the specific defendant he believes to have wrongfully caused that malady. Yet public attention has focused increasingly on mass personal-injury lawsuits over asbestos, cigarettes, guns, the diet drug fen-phen, breast implants, and, most recently, Vioxx. This book attempts to analyze the lawyer's role in this world of high-stakes, multibillion-dollar litigation. These mass settlements, the book argues, have transformed the legal system so acutely that rival teams o ... More

Keywords: torts, personal-injury lawsuits, asbestos, cigarettes, guns, diet drug, fen-phen, breast implants, Viox, litigation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226567600
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226567624.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard A. Nagareda, author