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A History of Civil Litigation: Political and Economic Perspectives

Frank J. Vandall


This book studies the expansion of civil liability from 1466 to 1980, and the cessation of that growth in 1980. It evaluates the creation of tort causes of action during the period of 1400–1980. Re evaluation and limitation of those developments from 1980, to the present, are specifically considered. One of the unique focuses of this book is to argue that civil justice no longer rests on historic foundations such as fairness and impartiality, but has shifted to power and influence. Reform in the law (legislative, judicial, and regulatory) is today driven by financial interests. This book uses ... More

Keywords: civil liberty, tort, civil justice, fairness, impartiality, power, influence, Judge Traynor, rule of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank J. Vandall, author
Emory University School of Law
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