No Contest

No Contest

Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America

By Ralph Nader; Wesley J. Smith (Joint Author)

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.

About the Author
Ralph Nader was recently named by the Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, one of only four living people to be so honored. The son of immigrants from Lebanon, he has launched two major presidential campaigns and founded or organized more than one hundred civic organizations. His groups have made an impact on tax reform, atomic power regulation, the tobacco industry, clean air and water, food safety, access to health care, civil rights, congressional ethics, and much more.

Praise For No Contest

"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