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A History of Civil LitigationPolitical and Economic Perspectives$
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Frank J. Vandall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391916

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391916.001.0001

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Corporations write the law

Corporations write the law

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(p.137) 5 Corporations write the law
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A History of Civil Litigation
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Frank J. Vandall (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391916.003.0006

Through presenting actual cases, enacted legislation, and conflicting situations within agencies concerning tobacco litigation, gun suits, and SUV rollover standards, this chapter aims to point out how civil justice now relies on power and influence instead of historic foundations such as fairness and impartiality. Corporations are somehow able to manipulate the law since they usually hold power over government decisions through lobbying. The chapter also looks at the functions and responsibilities of lobbyists and how the law is driven by financial interests.

Keywords:   lobbying, corporation, influence, power, government, tobacco, gun suits, SUV rollover standards

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