Distorting the Law Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis

ISBN-10: 0226314642

ISBN-13: 9780226314648

Edition: 2004

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In recent years, stories of reckless lawyers and greedy citizens have given the legal system, and victims in general, a bad name. Many Americans have come to believe that we live in the land of the litigious, where frivolous lawsuits and absurdly high settlements reign. Scholars have argued for years that this common view of the depraved ruin of our civil legal system is a myth, but their research and statistics rarely make the news. William Haltom and Michael McCann here persuasively show how popularized distorted understandings of tort litigation (or tort tales) have been perpetuated by the mass media and reform proponents. Distorting the Law lays bare how media coverage has sensationalized lawsuits and sympathetically portrayed corporate interests, supporting big business and reinforcing negative stereotypes of law practices. Based on extensive interviews, nearly two decades of newspaper coverage, and in-depth studies of the McDonald's coffee case and tobacco litigation, Distorting the Law offers a compelling analysis of the presumed litigation crisis, the campaign for tort law reform, and the crucial role the media play in this process.
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
The Social Production of Legal Knowledge Part One: Contesting Legal Realities
Pop Torts: Tales of Legal Degeneration and Moral Regeneration
In Retort: Narratives versus Numbers
ATLA Shrugged: Plaintiffs' Lawyers Play Defense Part Two: Reporting Legal Realities
Full Tort Press: Media Coverage of Civil Litigation
Java Jive: Genealogy of a Juridical Icon
Smoke Signals from the Tobacco Wars
Law through the Looking Glass of Mass Politics
References
Index
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