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The Litigation Explosion: What Happened When America Unleashed the Lawsuit by Walter Olson (Dutton/Plume: Truman Talley Books, 1991)

Table of contents (slightly annotated, with links)

Foreword

THE INDUSTRY

1. Let's You and Him Fight [advertising and solicitation]

2. A Piece of the Action: The Triumph of the Contingency Fee [excerpt:Policy Review]

3. Role Reversal: How Lawyers Took Charge [class actions] [excerpt:Across the Board]

THE LAWSUIT

4. Happier Hunting Grounds [long-arm jurisdiction] [related articles: Fortune, Reason]

5. Litigation Made Easy: Suing Without Explaining [notice pleadings]

6. The Assault on Privacy [pre-trial discovery]

THE LAW

7. Up for Grabs: How Everything Became Litigable [excerpt: Washington Post]

8. Guessing for Verdicts [evidence, experts, damages]

9. Have Lawsuit, Will Travel [choice of law]

10. No Exit: The Death of Contract

THE CONSEQUENCES

11. The Race to the Gutter

12. Junk Litigation: What's Merit Got to Do With It?

13. Naked to Mine Enemies [punitive damages, due process, civil vs. criminal law]

THE WAY OUT

14. The Powers of Imposition

15. Strict Liability for Lawyering [sanctions for meritless litigation; loser-pays] [related article: Reason]

16. The Balance of Legal Peace

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