By William Haltom,Michael McCann

In contemporary years, tales of reckless attorneys and grasping electorate have given the criminal approach, and sufferers normally, a nasty identify. Many american citizens have come to think that we are living within the land of the litigious, the place frivolous proceedings and absurdly excessive settlements reign.

Scholars have argued for years that this universal view of the wicked damage of our civil criminal approach is a fable, yet their examine and facts hardly ever make the inside track. William Haltom and Michael McCann the following persuasively convey how popularized distorted understandings of tort litigation (or tort stories) were perpetuated by means of the mass media and reform proponents. Distorting the Law lays naked how media assurance has sensationalized proceedings and sympathetically portrayed company pursuits, aiding monstrous company and reinforcing damaging stereotypes of legislations practices.

Based on vast interviews, approximately twenty years of newspaper assurance, and in-depth experiences of the McDonald's espresso case and tobacco litigation, Distorting the Law deals a compelling research of the presumed litigation predicament, the crusade for tort legislation reform, and the the most important position the media play during this process.

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