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WHY WE NEED TO REFORM THE SYSTEM FOR MASS TORT CLAIMS
FindLaw columnist, Brooklyn law professor, and author Anthony Sebok reflects on the lessons we should take from an unusual recent lawsuit, in which a company that is a defendant in asbestos suits is suing three asbestos plaintiffs' law firms. The company claims that the three law firms improperly conspired to prevent it, and other companies, from supporting a federal bill that would have provided a global solution to asbestos mass tort issues. Sebok notes that these allegations, if proven true, would show that the mass tort plaintiffs' bar has added some disturbing new tactics to its arsenal.
Monday, Jan. 29, 2001

NEW YORK CITY'S $50 MILLION STRIP-SEARCH SUIT SETTLEMENT
FindLaw columnist, Brooklyn law professor, and author Anthony J. Sebok examines New York City's recent settlement of a class action based on the city's illegal strip-searches of persons arrested for misdemeanors. Professor Sebok discusses both the legal decisions that prompted the settlement -- a high-ticket plaintiff victory in a related case, and a win for the city in the court of appeals -- and the structure of the settlement, which attempts the difficult task of putting a price on humiliation.
Monday, Jan. 15, 2001

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S LIKELY INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN TORT LAW
FindLaw columnist, Brooklyn law professor, and author Anthony J. Sebok considers the likely influence of George W. Bush's administration on tort law. Will Bush quash lawsuits against handgun manufacturers and the tobacco industry, through Justice Department inaction or the appointment of conservative judges? Will he support tort reform litigation? Perhaps, but Sebok emphasizes that since tort law is predominantly state law, Bush's influence, through the federal government, may be less than some have anticipated -- so that the recent upwards bounce in tobacco stock prices may have been unwarranted.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2000

A NEW DREAM TEAM INTENDS TO SEEK REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY - PART I
In Part One of a two-part series, FindLaw columnist and Brooklyn law professor Anthony J. Sebok discusses the formation of an exceptional group that combines civil rights attorneys and big-ticket plaintiffs' lawyers, and whose members intend to seek reparations for African-American slavery. Professor Sebok also reflects on why this movement to address slavery's wrong through private tort law is happening now.
Monday, Nov. 20, 2000

SHOULD AFRICAN-AMERICAN SLAVERY CLAIMS BE LITIGATED? AND IF SO, HOW?
In Part Two of a two-part series, FindLaw columnist and Brooklyn law professor Anthony Sebok explains the statute of limitations problem with bringing a tort suit to recover damages for African-Americans' slavery; explains how the new "dream team" of lawyers seeking such damages may solve that problem, by creatively reformulating the suit; and raises a concern about the symbolism of this possible solution.
Monday, Dec. 04, 2000

CAN CRIMINAL PENALTIES PREVENT ANOTHER FIRESTONE TIRE DISASTER?
FindLaw columnist and Brooklyn law professor Anthony J. Sebok describes the TREAD Act, which Congress passed to try to prevent another Firestone tire disaster, and explains why it might not be effective.
Monday, Nov. 06, 2000

UN-SETTLING THE HOLOCAUST (PART I)
In part I of a two-part article, a Brooklyn Law School professor provides the historical and legal context for the settlement agreement between Germany and the United States over Germany's forced labor program in World War II.
Monday, Aug. 28, 2000

UN-SETTLING THE HOLOCAUST (PART II)
In part II of a two-part article, a Brooklyn Law School professor explains why Germany and the United States employed a deliberately vague approach in their agreement that purports to resolve lawsuits arising out of Germany's forced labor program in World War II.
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000

WHAT BIG TOBACCO DID WRONG
The cigarette companies make a product that kills people. But as a Brooklyn law professor explains, that's not why they're facing a twelve-figure damages verdict.
Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2000

SMOKING GUNS
A Brooklyn Law School professor discusses the similarities between the tactics used by lawyers suing the tobacco companies and another lawyer in a recent lawsuit against gun manufacturers.
Wednesday, Jul. 05, 2000

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