No Contest Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America

ISBN-10: 0375752587

ISBN-13: 9780375752582

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The legal rights of Americans are threatened as never before. In No Contest, Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith reveal how power lawyers--Kenneth Starr perhaps the most notorious among them--misuse and manipulate the law at the expense of fairness and equity. Nader and Smith document how corporate lawyers   File baseless lawsuits   Use court secrecy to their unfair advantage   Engage in billing fraud Nader and Smith sound the warning that this system-wide abuse is eroding our basic legal rights, and propose a positive, commonsense vision of what should be done to reverse the corporate-inspired corruption of civil justice. Timely, incisive, and highly readable, this is a book for all citizens who believe that prompt access to justice is the backbone of democracy, and a precious right to be reclaimed.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Ralph Nader, February 27, 1934 - For the past forty-five years, Ralph Nader has challenged corporations, government agencies, and institutions to be more accountable to the public. In 1965, "Unsafe at Any Speed" changed the face of the automobile industry and made Ralph Nader a household name. As a result of his efforts, cars have more safety features. His lobbying and writing on the food industry insured that the food we buy is required to pass strict guidelines before reaching the consumer. One of his greatest achievements was the 1974 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that gave increased public access to government documents. This brought freedom of press to a new level, resulting in increased access for journalists. Nader has co-founded numerous public interest groups including Public Citizen, Critical Mass, Commercial Alert, and the Center for Study of Responsive Law. In 2000 Nader is mounting his second bid for president of the United States as a candidate for the Green Party, and today continues to be a relentless force for grassroots activism and democratic change in the United States.

Mr. Smith is an attorney for the Anti-Euthanasia Task Force. He lives with his family in San Francisco Bay Area.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Power Lawyers
I've Got a Secret
The Obstructionists
Burning the Tapes
SLAPP: Taking Care of Business
The Games Corporate Lawyers Play
The "BUTS" Principle
The Corporate Scheme to Wreck Our Justice System
Finding the Courage to Change the System
The Top-Grossing Law Firms in the United States
The Appleseed Foundation Statement of Purpose
Notes
Index
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