A Civil Action Paper

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Tyler Martinson-Packer
Legal Studies
November 20, 2012
The American Legal system was established to create an ordered and free society by our founding fathers. Its goal was to ensure fairness among the people, and server justice to those who violate the civil liberties established. Many of people take it for granted, or even don’t bother trying to understand it, because of it complexities. Despite how elaborate the American Legal system can be there are some who strive to comprehend. By doing so they hope to help advise or represent those who do not understand the judicial process. Assuming those ideas are correct, then using the truth and having a legal professional would guarantee success for a case in court, and the guilty party would have justice served. Of courses that is not what happens to most cases. Proving what truth is can be tougher legally then just stating ‘the evidence is true.’ Nobody knows that better than Jan Schlichtmann in the novel A Civil Action. In the story Jan Schlichtmann, a young lawyer from Boston, and a few of his colleges are swayed into taking on Woburn’s orphan case of the Sick Children. Their case was that to show that J.J. Riley Tannery owned by Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace Chemical Company were responsible for the contamination of two wells in East Woburn, Wells G and H, with dangerous amounts of suspected carcinogen. Yet, legal truth was problematic for Schlichtmann to prove with the lack of an impartial legal system. In this instance the Woburn case had be victim of out-maneuvering, systematically sabotage and a rapport bias in favor defendants which prevented the favorable outcome for the plaintiff of the Trial.

For Jan Schlichtmann, Kevin Conway and Bill Crowley failing the complaint against Beatrice Foods and W.R. Grace was essentially the easiest part. When complaints cases are filed no matter the relevance or strength of the case the court required before proceeding. For example, at this point the grievance cases...
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