Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America
Random House (NY), Paperback, 9780375752582, 460pp.
Publication Date: December 1998
The legal rights of Americans are threatened as never before. In No Contest, Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith reveal how power lawyers--Kenneth Starr perhaps the most notorious among them--misuse and manipulate the law at the expense of fairness and equity. Nader and Smith document how corporate lawyers
File baseless lawsuits
Use court secrecy to their unfair advantage
Engage in billing fraud
Nader and Smith sound the warning that this system-wide abuse is eroding our basic legal rights, and propose a positive, commonsense vision of what should be done to reverse the corporate-inspired corruption of civil justice. Timely, incisive, and highly readable, this is a book for all citizens who believe that prompt access to justice is the backbone of democracy, and a precious right to be reclaimed.
"By exposing the role of power lawyers and international law firms as the amoral nerve center of everything from the savings-and-loan rip-off to the shadow government of multinational corporations, Ralph Nader and Wesley Smith have given us the good research and deep outrage we need to create social change. I hope this book is read in every law school and by every citizen." --Gloria Steinem
"No Contest is vintage Ralph Nader. He and his co-author Wesley J. Smith are outraged at some of the things going on in some corporate law offices, and they don't hesitate to say so loud and clear."
--Sol M. Linowitz, author of The Betrayed Profession: Lawyering at the End of the Twentieth Century
"An impassioned plea for reinvigoration of the lawyer's role as an officer of the court and a special kind of public citizen. Would that Nader and Smith can do for professional responsibility what Nader has done for automobile safety!"
--Mary Ann Glendon, author of A Nation Under Lawyers and Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard Law School