Running Head: CIVIL LAWSUIT
A Civil Action represents the American civil justice system that is working but full of
flaws. The civil case reflects on many dilemmas and issues of the modern jurisprudence of the
toxic torts. As Harr opines the civil lawsuit by Jan Schlichtmann, the plaintiff's lawyer ought to
have been a straightforward case where the justice would have been served, but it transformed
into a miasma that was exorbitant which characterize American civil lawsuits (Harr, 1995). A
Civil Action offers practical and theoretical insights on the nature of tort litigation processes and
how the mass character in most toxic tort litigation puts the victims at stake.
One of the principal problems that Ian Schlichtmann encountered while litigating the
Woburn case was identifying potential torts plaintiffs and all victims of the contaminated water.
The population of Woburn was 36000 (Harr, 1995), which made it challenging to know specific
plaintiffs. The lawyer knew that children of East Woburn had contracted Leukemia and some
had even died after drinking water from H and G Wells which were contaminated with high
toxics of industrial wastes trichloroethylene (TCE). Schlichtmann did not know that t...