Bendectin on Trial

A Study of Mass Tort Litigation
Joseph Sanders
Explains how courts handle mass product liability litigation and explores the roles of the different participants

Description

Beginning in the mid 1970s the manufacturer of Benedictin was sued repeatedly over allegations that the drug—prescribed for pregnant women to overcome the effects of morning sickness—had caused birth defects. Yet in twenty years no one has collected any damages.

Joseph Sanders offers a comprehensive study of this litigation. Sanders looks at the cases from the different perspectives of the parties involved: attorneys, scientists, and juries. He discusses the role of lawyers in the development of claims and in the litigation, how scientific evidence is used in these trials, and the role of judges in managing and resolving these cases.

Increasingly, courts have decided who will bear the costs of the side effects of many products. These cases often involve thousands of individual law suits and present a variety of issues for the courts, including how to determine factual issues of causation, the value of claims, and how to fairly manage a large volume of claims. And yet the role of the judicial system in resolving liability issues involving large numbers of claims is highly controversial.

This book will appeal to scholars of the American judiciary and those interested in the role of courts in product liability matters.

Joseph Sanders is Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center.

Praise / Awards

  • "This book will appeal to scientists and lawyers alike, as well as scholars of American law. It will serve as an aid to judges who must deal with these massive tort cases. Through a detailed and thorough case study, the book starkly presents evidence to support its main argument--that scientific understandings are distorted when parties introduce science through the traditional adversarial process. . . . Focused, comprehensive and clear, the book will take an important place on the shelves of the literature of law and science."
    —Betsy Grey, Jurimetrics, Winter 2000

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 296pp.
  • 7 drawings, 16 tables.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
  • 1998
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-09601-5

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  • $80.00 U.S.

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