Distorting the law [electronic resource] : politics, media, and the litigation crisis / William Haltom and Michael McCann.
By: Haltom, William.
Contributor(s): McCann, Michael W.Material type: TextSeries: Chicago series in law and society: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2004Description: 1 online resource (xii, 347 p.).ISBN: 9780226314693 (electronic bk.); 0226314693 (electronic bk.); 9780226314631 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226314634 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780226314648 (paper : alk. paper); 0226314642 (paper : alk. paper).Subject(s): Actions and defenses -- Press coverage -- United States | Torts -- Press coverage -- United States | Law in mass media | Law -- Political aspects | Sociological jurisprudence | Actions et défenses dans la presse -- États-Unis | Responsabilité civile dans la presse -- États-Unis | Droit dans les médias -- États-Unis | Droit -- Aspect politique | Sociologie juridique | LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice | Electronic books | პრესა აშშ სოციოლოგიური სამართალიGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Distorting the law.DDC classification: 346.7303 LOC classification: KF380 | .H35 2004ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -327) and index.
The social production of legal knowledge -- Pop torts : tales of legal degeneration and moral regeneration -- In retort : narratives versus numbers -- ATLA shrugged : plaintiffs' 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.
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 m.
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