Books on Private Law


May 24, 2023

346. Books on private law

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Further Reading:

Alison Bass Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, 2003.

Investigative journalist Alison Bass looked at the rising cases of suicide among teenagers who were taking the antidepressants Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft. In addition, she examined the problems with the pharmaceutical industry by exposing GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, for consumer fraud. These earlier problems were a harbinger of the opioid crisis that followed it.

Jonathan Harr A Civil Action, 1995.

In the 1980s, residents of Woburn, Massachusetts, suffered an abnormally high incidence of leukemia. Jonathan Harr tells how one of them, Anne Anderson, joined together with others to hire Jan Schlichtmann to take their case. Schlichtmann only accepted after finding evidence that trichloroethylene (TCE) was contaminating the town’s water supply by local industries.

Deborah L. Jacobs Estate Planning Smarts: A Practical, User-Friendly, Action-Oriented Guide, 2015.

Award-winning journalist and lawyer Deborah L. Jacobs provides practical information on everything from legal issues for same-sex couples to hiring a lawyer to protect yourself if you become ill or disabled. She illustrates successful strategies and mistakes to avoid by examining celebrity cases.

Alexis Martin Neely Wear Clean Underwear: A Fast, Fun, Friendly and Essential Guide to Legal Planning for Busy Parents, 2008.

Neely writes this guide for parents with underage children still living under their roof. Accidents happen. She explains why you need to plan for your children’s care if something should happen to you. She shows you how to secure their future should you become unavailable.

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