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The Resource Distorting the law : politics, media, and the litigation crisis, William Haltom and Michael McCann

Distorting the law : politics, media, and the litigation crisis, William Haltom and Michael McCann

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Distorting the law : politics, media, and the litigation crisis
Title
Distorting the law
Title remainder
politics, media, and the litigation crisis
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William Haltom and Michael McCann
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Language
eng
Summary
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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Haltom, William
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1965-
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McCann, Michael J.
Series statement
The Chicago series in law and society
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  • Actions and defenses
  • Torts
  • Law in mass media
  • Law
  • Sociological jurisprudence
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Distorting the law : politics, media, and the litigation crisis, William Haltom and Michael McCann
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-327) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
The social production of legal knowledge -- Pop torts : tales of legal degeneration and moral regeneration -- In retort : narratives versus numbers -- ATLA shrugged : plaintiff's lawyers play defense -- 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
Control code
FIEb1732242x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 347 pages
Isbn
9780226314648
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)54082261
Label
Distorting the law : politics, media, and the litigation crisis, William Haltom and Michael McCann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The social production of legal knowledge -- Pop torts : tales of legal degeneration and moral regeneration -- In retort : narratives versus numbers -- ATLA shrugged : plaintiff's lawyers play defense -- 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
Control code
FIEb1732242x
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 347 pages
Isbn
9780226314648
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)54082261

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