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The Litigators

by John Grisham

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It took me a while to get into this book. Grisham's plots never go quite how I expect. I expected the trial about CrayOx, but even when all the big law firms pulled out and left Finley & Figg to try the case on their own because the drug wasn't causing the problems they'd thought, I still expected some big, last-minute revelation that would turn the case around and win it for them. Instead, the win came from David Zinc pursuing a product liability case he'd found on his own. Lead paint in a children's toy called Nasty Teeth that had poisoned a young boy who is the grandson of a housekeeper. David turns the experience he gets in federal court and the success of settling the Nasty teeth case into his new specialty. I sort of expected David to buy out Finley and stay on at the law firm--all 3 did form a partnership for a year, so it did happen as I expected in a way, just not in the exact way that I thought it would. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Apr 5, 2016 |
The life of mass torts; look for a big company with lots of money and then look for people who could fit the bill as clients ... hmmm. Real life, I guess.
Grisham novels are satisfyingly easy to follow and yet I always learn something from them. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
Writing and plot-wise, this probably only deserved three stars -- it was perfectly enjoyable, but nothing terribly impressive. However, the big case is a class action lawsuit against a big pharmaceutical company for a drug named Krayoxx that allegedly causes heart attacks. Since I just wrapped up a case where we represented a big pharmaceutical company in a lawsuit alleging that there were undisclosed cardiovascular risks to a drug that also ended in "oxx," I found myself unduly fascinated by the subject matter.

It also helped that the opening chapter involves a lawyer at a Biglaw firm suddenly and dramatically deciding that enough is enough... his exit may play into my work-related fantasies for years to come. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Let me start by saying I have a little bias in favor of this book, as it takes place here in Chicago, where I am familiar with the setting. This legal story is about a couple of sorry ambulance-chaser lawyers, Findlay and Figg, who stumble upon a growing mass-tort lawsuit against a major drug manufacturer for a cholesterol product that might cause heart failure. Neither have experience in this area, but encouraged by larger firms to get more clients on board, they spend money they don't have trying to mount a case. Meanwhile, a young disgruntled corporate lawyer with a Harvard Law pedigree stumbles into their office after being fed up with the corporate world. Bright he may be, David has no experience either.

A typical David vs. Goliath scenario is shaping up, right? The drug company looks at the array of lawsuits and picks one to defend rigorously. And they pick, you guessed it, the case being raised by the equivalent of the Keystone cops.

Although much of the story seems implausible, Grisham at least doesn't insult us with unrealistic outcomes. The judges portrayed in the book don't seem quite right -- rather overindulgent, but all in all an entertaining story, and the story ends more less on a happy note. ( )
  JeffV | Jan 31, 2016 |
I had fun rooting for the underdog. ( )
  cjservis | Jan 17, 2016 |
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When David Zinc, a young but already burned-out attorney, joins Oscar Finley and Wally Figg at their law firm in a seedy bungalow office in southwest Chicago they all become involved with a class action suit against the drug manufacturer Varrick Labs.
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The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little. Their specialties, so to speak, are quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in. After twenty plus years together, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg bicker like an old married couple but somehow continue to scratch out a half-decent living from their seedy bungalow offices in southwest Chicago.

And then change comes their way. More accurately, it stumbles in. David Zinc, a young but already burned-out attorney, walks away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm, goes on a serious bender, and finds himself literally at the doorstep of our boutique firm. Once David sobers up and comes to grips with the fact that he’s suddenly unemployed, any job—even one with Finley & Figg—looks okay to him.

With their new associate on board, F&F is ready to tackle a really big case, a case that could make the partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law. An extremely popular drug, Krayoxx, the number one cholesterol reducer for the dangerously overweight, produced by Varrick Labs, a giant pharmaceutical company with annual sales of $25 billion, has recently come under fire after several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. Wally smells money.

A little online research confirms Wally’s suspicions—a huge plaintiffs’ firm in Florida is putting together a class action suit against Varrick. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks while taking Krayoxx, convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune. With any luck, they won’t even have to enter a courtroom!

It almost seems too good to be true.

And it is.

The Litigators
is a tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics, and suspense that have made John Grisham America’s favorite storyteller.

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Law firm partners Oscar Finley and Wally Figg see a chance for huge financial gain when they learn of a pending class action lawsuit against the makers of Krayoxx, a popular cholesterol-reducing drug suspected of causing heart attacks.

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