All the Justice Money Can Buy: Corporate Greed on Trial [NOOK Book]

Overview

Mark Lanier knew he was facing an opponent willing to break every rule in the book, and each part of his case had to go just right for him to win. He had done it twice before. Could he do it again?

All the Justice Money Can Buy is the true-life story of a courtroom showdown between the man many consider the best trial lawyer of his generation and one of the nation’s richest and most-respected corporations.

Journalist Snigdha Prakash is embedded...

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All the Justice Money Can Buy: Corporate Greed on Trial

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Overview

Mark Lanier knew he was facing an opponent willing to break every rule in the book, and each part of his case had to go just right for him to win. He had done it twice before. Could he do it again?

All the Justice Money Can Buy is the true-life story of a courtroom showdown between the man many consider the best trial lawyer of his generation and one of the nation’s richest and most-respected corporations.

Journalist Snigdha Prakash is embedded with the plaintiffs’ team for the seven-week trial, and takes us into the trenches of the tough—and dirty—battle between corporate interests and the individual that plays out in the courts. From early mornings when Lanier works in his hotel suite, to the daily post-mortems after court, and late nights in the plaintiffs’ “war room,” Prakash shadows Lanier and his team.

With its bird’s-eye view of the strategic thinking and meticulous planning that undergird Lanier’s seemingly unrehearsed performances in court, and of the well-oiled machine of lawyers and assistants that backs his every move, All the Justice Money Can Buy is a fast-paced, often funny journey behind the front-lines of a high-stakes, 21st century legal trial. Along the way, Prakash renders a piercing portrait of the challenges that await those who would take on corporate interests.

Part corporate expose´ and part legal thriller, All the Justice Money Can Buy is a gripping—and topical—read for our scandal-plagued times.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Nuanced and humorous... an inside account of an extraordinary team of lawyers at work...a first-rate legal thriller...” —Barron’s

 "Dramatic and well-written, and not shy about taking sides, the book is a great read...offers a rare inside look at the functioning of a trial team..." —Howard M. Erichson, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School, Mass Tort Litigation Blog

 “One can read Snigdha Prakash’s disturbing book on two levels: either as in–depth reporting of a major corporate scandal, or as a legal thriller, the denouement of which is left hanging until the final pages. On any score, she offers a...superb read for the lawyer and the layman alike; stick this one in your beach bag.” —Washington Lawyer

 “Intense, entertaining, dramatic... captures the players of a big-time trial in all of their brilliance, cunning and humor...it’s a terrific book.”  —Mark LaFramboise, Book Buyer, Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington DC

“A close up, personal account...much like a John Grisham novel...of a case that rocked the medico-legal world...Should be read by anyone who is involved in clinical research, who prescribes medications or who takes such medications.” —Catherine DeAngelis, Editor-in-Chief Emerita, Journal of the American Medical Association

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609780036
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,366,108
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Snigdha Prakash was born and brought up in Delhi, India and has lived in the United States since she came here as an undergraduate. She got her start in journalism as a copy aide at the Washington Post writing for the paper’s local and business sections. She covered the mortgage industry and its biggest players, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for the American Banker, an independent, daily newspaper, from 1993 to 1998. Most recently, she was a reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) from 1998 to 2007, where she investigated and documented several important chapters in the history of the painkiller Vioxx on NPR’s flagship news magazines, “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” In 2009, she was awarded the Gene Roberts Book Award by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. This is her first book.
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Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Chapter 1 The Beginning 1

Chapter 2 Preparing for Battle 37

Chapter 3 Opening Statements: The Plaintiffs 57

Chapter 4 Opening Statements: Merck 85

Chapter 5 "The Perfect Goober!" 103

Chapter 6 A Company Gone Bad? 133

Chapter 7 Digging the Hole Deeper 155

Chapter 8 Defender of the Franchise 177

Chapter 9 The Plaintiff's Final Witness 203

Chapter 10 Merck's Defense 219

Chapter 11 Closing Arguments 237

Chapter 12 The Verdict 255

Epilogue 279

Endnotes 287

About the Author 305

Acknowledgments 307

Index 311

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