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Blocking the Courthouse Door: How the Republican Party and Its Corporate Allies Are Taking Away Your Right to Sue
Thanks to constant political oratory against "frivolous lawsuits" and "jackpot justice," it is widely known that there's a legal crisis in this country. President Bush never misses an opportunity to call for laws that would bring more "common sense" to a legal system that, he claims, is out of control, wrecking the economy, driving doctors out of their practices, ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Free Press
(first published 2006)
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I had two main critiques of Blocking the Courthouse Door. First of all, I thought it was overly political in it's tone and rhetoric (I know, the cover should have been a hint). However, I think the arguments the author made could have been made just as easily without the political bent. Secondly, I thought that there could have been more endnotes. For instance, there were a couple of times where the author mentioned a state court holding and I felt like checking the case, but the book offered no ...more
Informative. Eye-opener. At times horrifying. Total page turner. Recommended for anyone slightly suspicious that tort reform may be a completely artificial invention of the Republican party. Also recommended for anyone who has no idea what tort reform is. Plus you get the true story of the woman who sued McDonald's over hot coffee and you find out that it wasn't so "frivolous" after all.
This book is a must read for everyone. It is written by a newspaper reporter who makes everything about the law understandable to the average reader. She has done her research and shows how the courthouse is being blocked by big businesses in order to stop the average American from having access to it. And surprisingly it is very interesting...