Science, Law and the Possibility of Justice
By (author) Carl F. Cranor
Toxic Torts by Carl F. Cranor
Book DescriptionThe relationship between science, law and justice has become a pressing issue with US Supreme Court decisions beginning with Daubert v. Merrell-Dow Pharmaceutical. How courts review scientific testimony and its foundation before trial can substantially affect the possibility of justice for persons wrongfully injured by exposure to toxic substances. If courts do not review scientific testimony, they will deny one of the parties the possibility of justice. Even if courts review evidence well, the fact and perception of greater judicial scrutiny increases litigation costs and attorney screening of clients. Mistaken review of scientific evidence can decrease citizen access to the law, increase unfortunate incentives for firms not to test their products, lower deterrence for wrongful conduct and harmful products, and decrease the possibility of justice for citizens injured by toxic substances. This book introduces these issues, reveals the relationships that pose problems, and shows how justice can be denied.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521728409
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carl F. Cranor
Toxic Torts, Hardback (June 2016)
Toxic Torts, 2nd edition shows how the American justice system underserves the public in its treatment of scientific evidence.
Legally Poisoned, Paperback (March 2013)
Take a random walk through your life and you'll find it is awash in industrial, often toxic, chemicals. In this scientifically rigorous legal analysis, the author argues that just as pharmaceuticals and pesticides cannot be sold without pre-market testing, other chemical products should be subject to the same safety measures.
Regulating Toxic Substances, Paperback (October 1997)» View all books by Carl F. Cranor
The author of this text argues that the criteria used to determine substance toxicity are too rigorous and time-consuming for use in tort cases and for regulation. This results in under-regulation and under-compensation of plaintiffs in tort cases. He proposes a re-evaluation with the law in mind.
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Author Biography - Carl F. Cranor
Carl F. Cranor is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. His work focuses on issues that arise in the legal and scientific adjudication of risks from toxic substances and from the new genetic technologies. He has published numerous articles in these fields as well as authoring Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law (1993), editing Are Genes Us? The Social Consequences of the New Genetics (1994) and co-authoring the US Congress' Office of Technology Assessment report, Identifying and Regulating Carcinogens (1987). His articles have appeared in diverse journals such as The American Philosophical Quarterly, The Yale Law Journal, and the American Journal of Public Health. He is a member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a virtual think tank comprised of academic scholars interested in protecting public health and the environment.
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