Mass Torts in a World of Settlement

Mass Torts in a World of Settlement

by Richard A. Nagareda

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Mass Torts in a World of Settlement by Richard A. Nagareda

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. Richard A. Nagareda’s Mass Torts in a World of Settlement is the first attempt to analyze the lawyer’s role in this world of high-stakes, multibillion-dollar litigation.

These mass settlements, Nagareda argues, have transformed the legal system so acutely that rival teams of lawyers operate as sophisticated governing powers rather than litigators. His controversial solution is the replacement of the existing tort system with a private administrative framework to address both current and future claims. This book is a must-read for concerned citizens, policymakers, lawyers, investors, and executives grappling with the changing face of mass torts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226567624
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 379
File size: 523 KB

About the Author

Richard A. Nagareda is professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he holds the Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and is the director of the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program.

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