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Author Sanders, Joseph.

Title Bendectin on trial : a study of mass tort litigation / Joseph Sanders.

Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Law  KN 39 P6 G1 SAND    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-275) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Beginnings -- Ch. 2. The Maturing Congregation -- Ch. 3. The Science -- Ch. 4. The Experts -- Ch. 5. The Juries -- Ch. 6. The Judges -- Ch. 7. Closure -- Ch. 8. Law, Science, and the Jury -- App. A. A Short History of Merrell.
Summary Beginning in the mid-1970s, the manufacturer of Bendectin was sued repeatedly over allegations that the drug - prescribed for pregnant women to overcome the effects of morning sickness - had caused birth defects. Yet in twenty years no one has collected any damages. Joseph Sanders offers a comprehensive study of the litigation surrounding this drug and its manufacturer. Sanders looks at the cases from the different perspectives of the parties involved: attorneys, scientists, and juries. He discusses the role of lawyers in the development of claims and in the litigation, how scientific evidence was used in these trials, and the part judges played in managing and resolving these cases. Bendectin on Trial will appeal to scholars of the American judiciary and those interested in the role of courts in product liability matters.
Subject Trials (Products liability) -- United States.
Products liability -- Drugs -- United States.
Abnormalities, Human -- United States -- History.
Bendectin (Trademark) -- Toxicology.
ISBN 047209601X (cloth : acid-free paper)