This book looks at mass tort litigation in a variety of formats including lawsuits against manufacturers and Big Pharma. The authors argue that without the personal injury bar, outrageous examples of rampant corporate greed would continue to this day. The author references many class actions such as the exploding Pinto, Agent Orange, the Opioid epidemic, and concussions in the NFL. Tort reform zealots argue that these lawsuits are bogus and detrimental to the American way of life. This is, of course, ridiculous.
The authors argue that attorneys are the only means to alleviate the excesses of corporate greed by showing multiple cases of mistakes that were purposefully ignored because of the quest for corporate gain. Big corporations live by a cost/benefit analysis that allow and even foster the inevitable lawsuit which results from their greed.
Walter Champion is law professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, and an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.
Carlos A. Velasquez is founding partner of VelasquezDolan, P.A., Plantation, Florida.
Chapter 1: The Feeding Frenzy Mentality
Chapter 2: Car Foes: Unsafe at Any Speed
Chapter 3: Car Woes: Pinto Combustibles
Chapter 4: Bendectin and Birth Defects
Chapter 5: Agent Orange
Chapter 6: Dalkon Shield Litigation
Chapter 7: Asbestos Exposure
Chapter 8: The Silicosis Bust
Chapter 9: Tobacco Industry Litigation
Chapter 10: Lawyers, Guns, and Money
Chapter 11: Lockerbie and Mass Disasters
Chapter 12: Big Pharma Generally
Chapter 13: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising
Chapter 14: FDA: A Wizard Should Know Better!
Chapter 15: The Vioxx Moment
Chapter 16: Hip, Knee, and Breast Implants
Chapter 17: Football Concussions
Chapter 18: College Football Players, Larry Nassar, and the Culture of Rape
Chapter 19: Tort Reform or Tort Retreat