A Civil Action

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A Civil Action
Paperback – Bargain Price, 27 August 1996
by Jonathan Harr (Author)

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A Civil Action

Paperback – Bargain Price, 27 August 1996

by Jonathan Harr

  • Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (27 August 1996)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback – Bargain Price, 27 August 1996 : 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 : ?0679772677
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0679772675
  • Weight : 363 g
  • Dimensions : 13.08 x 2.31 x 20.32 cm

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ISBN-10: 0679772677
ISBN-13: 9780679772675
Goodreads: 27397

Publisher: Vintage
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A Civil Action is a non-fiction book by Jonathan Harr about a water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the 1980s.

After finding that her child is diagnosed with leukemia, Anne Anderson notices a high prevalence of leukemia, a relatively rare disease, in her city. Eventually she gathers other families and seeks a lawyer, Jan Schlichtmann, to consider their options.

Schlichtmann originally decides not to take the case due to both the lack of evidence and a clear defendant. Later picking up the case, Schlichtmann finds evidence suggesting trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination of the town's water supply by Riley Tannery, a subsidiary of Beatrice Foods; a chemical company, W. R. Grace; and another company named Unifirst.

In the course of the lawsuit Schlichtmann gets other attorneys to assist him. He spends lavishly as he had in his prior lawsuits, but the length of the discovery process and trial stretch all of their assets to their limit.

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Weight 0.363 kg
Dimensions 20.32 × 13.08 cm

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