A Civil Action

Finalist, National Book Awards 1995 for Nonfiction

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ISBN 978-0394563497
Random House
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A Civil Action tells the story of the landmark Woburn lawsuit—one of the most tortuous and complex civil lawsuits in the history of American law. Eight Massachusetts families, whose children were stricken with cancer, sued two corporate giants, blaming them for carcinogens in the municipal water supply. Granted unprecedented access to the major participants, Harr recounts the nine years it took to build the case, prepare for trial, go to court in 1986, and later appeal the jury’s verdict. It is a fascinating, revealing, and remarkable account that offers students an inside view of trial law.