April 2008 Vol. 106 No. 6 THE REVIEW

Nagareda: Mass Torts in a World of Settlement

Anthony J. Sebok

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Mass Torts?

Mass Torts in a World of Settlement. By Richard A. Nagareda. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 2007. Pp. xx, 324. $49.

Twenty years ago, Deborah Hensler and a team of scholars at the RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice issued a report entitled Trends in Tort Litigation: The Story Behind the Statistics. Pressure had been mounting both in the business community and the Republican Party to “reform” tort law throughout the 1980s. There was concern that Americans “egged on by avaricious lawyers, sue[d] too readily, and irresponsible juries and activist judges wayla[id] blameless businesses at enormous cost to social and economic well-being.”

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