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Toxic torts: science, law, and the possibility of justice

Toxic torts: science, law, and the possibility of justice

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  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Carl F. Cranor
  • Biografical Information: Carl F. Cranor is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. His work focuses on issues that arise in the legal and scientific adjudication of risks from toxic substances and from the new genetic technologies. He has published numerous articles in these fields as well as authoring Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law (Oxford University Press, 1993), editing Are Genes Us? The Social Consequences of the New Genetics (Rutgers University Press, 1994) and co-authoring the U.S. Congress' Office of Technology Assessment report, Identifying and Regulating Carcinogens (1987). His articles have appeared in diverse journals such as The American Philosophical Quarterly, The Yale Law Journal, and the American Journal of Public Health. He is a member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a VIrtual think tank comprised of academic scholars interested in protecting public health and the environment.
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • Material: Document, Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/toxic-torts-science-law-and-the-possibility-of-justice/ (Stable identifier)

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(OCoLC)68786806 (OCoLC)230987836 (OCoLC)271067511

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XVI, 398 pages ; 24 cm

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Useful for students learning an area of law, Toxic torts: science, law, and the possibility of justice is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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  • Responsable Person: Carl F. Cranor.
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 12 editions
  • First edition Date: 2006
  • Last edition Date: 2007
  • Languages: US English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF1299.H39
  • Dewey Code: 346.73038
  • ISBN: 9780521861823 0521861829 9780521728409 0521728401 0511617712 9780511617713
  • OCLC: 68786806

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The U.S. tort, or personal injury law, cloaked behind increased judicial review of science, is changing before our eyes, except we cannot see it. U.S. Supreme Court decisions beginning with Daubert v. Merrell-Dow Pharmaceutical altered how courts review scientific testimony and its foundation in the law. The complexity of both science and the law mask the overall social consequences of these decisions. Yet they are too important to remain hidden. Mistaken reviews of scientific evidence can decrease citizen access to the law, increase incentives for firms not to test their products, lower deterrence for wrongful conduct and harmful products, and decrease the possibility of justice for citizens injured by toxic substances. Even if courts review evidence well, greater judicial scrutiny increases litigation costs and attorney screening of clients, and decreases citizens' access to the law. This book introduces these issues, reveals the relationships that can deny citizens just restitution for harms suffered, and shows how justice can be enhanced in toxic tort cases.

Main Contents

The veil of science over tort law policy
Legal background
Institutional concerns about the Supreme Court's triology
Studies of toxicity and scientific reasoning
Excellent evidence makes bad law : pragmatic barriers to the discovery of harm and fair admissibility decisions
Science and law in conflict
Enhancing the possibility of justice under Daubert
Is Daubert the solution?

Table of Contents

1. The veil of science over Tort Law policy
2. Legal background
3. Institutional concerns about the Supreme Court's triology
4. The science of toxicity and reasoning about causation
5. Excellent evidence makes bad law: pragmatic barriers to the discovery of harm and fair admissibility decisions
6. Science and law in conflict
7. Improving legal protections under Daubert
Is Daubert the solution?
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