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NO CONTEST: How the Power Lawyers Are Perverting Justice in America

Nader, Ralph; Smith, Wesley J.

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ISBN 10: 0679429727 / ISBN 13: 9780679429722
Published by Random House, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by author, consumer advocate and presidential candidate Ralph Nader, on title page, together with his added, characteristic phrase: "For Justice." In NO CONTEST, Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith kick over the rotted log our corporate-dominated legal system has become to reveal what has been happening to individual justice just out of public view. Through extensive research and interviews with juries, litigants, judges, lawyers, and legal scholars, Nader and Smith counter the corporate-financed propaganda blitz that has painted multibillion-dollar corporations as hapless victims of ordinary Americans bent on suing their way into prosperity. They argue that, in fact, our system has all but abandoned the ideal of providing every American access to justice. Instead, many courts have become the nearly exclusive domain of the country's largest and most powerful corporations--and their lawyers. Behind the giant corporations' tightening grip on American society are the large corporate law firms who have perfected the art of nullifying, misusing, or breaking the law, while pretending to uphold it. The scope of the assault on workers' rights to organize, taxpayers and investors' need for sound financial institutions, patients' needs for competent health care, and consumers' needs for product safety is breathtaking. But it can be stopped. Nader and Smith propose an extensive program of legal reform that will preserve access to justice for all Americans, unclog the congested courts, and guarantee that the right side--citizen or corporation, poor or rich--will prevail. Fine, in near-fine (price-clipped, else fine), mylar-protected dust jacket. N33. Bookseller Inventory # 6026

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Title: NO CONTEST: How the Power Lawyers Are ...

Publisher: Random House, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Consumer activist Ralph Nader and lawyer and author Wesley J. Smith take a look behind the scenes of the law business, where the pursuit of corporate profit has eclipsed the pursuit of justice. Nader and Smith use human stories, accurate statistics, and common sense to provide an alternative set of reforms to open the system, streamline justice, and cut legal costs--all while guaranteeing Americans their day in court.


The most controversial section of this ringing denunciation of corporate law is that on tort reform, which Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and 1996 Green Party Presidential candidate, and Wesley J. Smith denounce as "tort deform" measures sure to further insulate corporations from the damage wrought by pollution and dangerous products. But Nader has never shied from controversy, and this series of case studies attacks confidential settlements in injury cases, state ethics boards, and links between high-power corporate lawyers and government officials with an equal measure of indignation and reformist zeal.

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