A scathing indictment of the growing role of junk science in our courtrooms. Peter W. Huber shows how time and again lawyers have used,and the courts have accepted,spurious claims by so-called expert witnesses to win astronomical judgments that have bankrupted companies, driven doctors out of practice, and deprived us all of superior technologies and effective, life-saving therapies.
Peter Huber is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute's centre for Legal Policy, where he specializes in issues related to technology, science, and law. His previous books include Hard Green, Liability, and Galileo's Revenge. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Peter W. Huber, an M.I.T.-trained engineer and a Harvard law graduate, has also taught at M.I.T. and formerly clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. A Manhattan Institute Fellow, he lives in Washington, D.C.
* Introduction The Lawyer And The Scientist Trade Places * Liability Science: Better Living Through Litigation * The Science of Things That Arent So: Junk Science and Its Origins Law And Pseudoscience * The Midas Touch: How Money Causes Disease * Sudden Acceleration: Runaway Panic in the Mass Media * Gadgets and Knives: Cashing in on Magical Cures * No Immunity: Chemicals Cause Everything * Nausea: The Massed Legal Attack * The Paranoia Plebiscite: The Legal Pursuit of Fad Terrors * Harmonious Coupling: Ignoring the Environment The Rule Of Fact * The Cargo Cult: Does Liability Science Work? * Stopping Points: Confronting Malpractice on the Witness Stand * Science and Certitude