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Author Harr, Jonathan.

Title A civil action / Jonathan Harr
Edition First edition
Published New York : Random House, [1995]


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Description 500 pages : map ; 25 cm
regular print
Summary The case turned into an epic struggle that took nine years of the lawyer's life. At the heart of the legal system, he was confronted by powerful and well-connected interests who would do anything to win. In the end, the struggle nearly cost the lawyer his sanity. He sacrificed everything - home, friends, and reputation - not for money, but for what he believed to be the truth
The lawyer had not wanted the case at first - it was too big, too complicated, too risky. It concerned a cluster of childhood leukemia victims in a small town north of Boston where the city wells had been poisoned by industrial chemicals. Two of the nation's largest corporations, each with a plant near the wells, stood accused. Against his better judgment, the lawyer found himself drawn into the case. In this book, you'll meet the Harvard Law professor who told the lawyer that this case was worth a billion dollars, that it was the sort of lawsuit that would ring the alarm in corporate boardrooms across America. And you'll meet his adversaries, foremost among them a crafty old trial lawyer, chairman of the litigation department at one of the biggest and most feared law firms in Boston
Analysis Cancer
Cases (Law)
Overseas item
United States
Water pollution
Woburn (US)
Notes Map on lining paper
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 495-498)
Notes National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction winner
Subject Anderson, Anne, 1936?- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Schlichtmann, Jan.
W.R. Grace & Co. -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Groundwater -- Pollution -- Law and legislation -- Massachusetts -- Woburn.
Liability for water pollution damages -- Massachusetts -- Woburn.
Drinking water -- Contamination -- Massachusetts -- Woburn.
Trials (Toxic torts) -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
LC no. 95002088
ISBN 0394563492 (acid-free paper)