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The Litigators by John Grisham
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The Litigators

by John Grisham

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The Litigators features a couple seat-of-their-pants lawyers whose “boutique” law firm Finley & Figg wallows in accident claims. The office dog is called AC for Ambulance Chaser. Wally Figg, however, dreams of class-action wealth–a dream he thinks will come true when one of his clients died and he learns about Krayoxx, a cholesterol drug that is suspected of causing heart attack and stroke. There’s a big class-action suit and he wants to get on the train. Meanwhile, their firm also takes on a new lawyer, David Zinc, a refugee from a mega-firm that had him working a hundred hours a week. He was well-paid with no time to spend the money or to build a family with his wife.

The more common civil liability thriller is like Erin Brockovich or Grisham’s “The Rainmaker” but this one is kind of the opposite. Finley and Figg really are the kind of sleazy tort lawyers that give tort lawyers a bad name and fuel the call for tort reform. Nonetheless, they are likable sleazeballs. David Zinc, however, is the hero, the guy who has to argue a bad case with bad facts for his first case.

The Litigators is a fun read. It has more humor than the usual Grisham novel. Grisholm generally adds some form of public service information to his stories and this was no exception, giving readers an overview of the practice of doing drug testing in developing countries where there are fewer safeguards to protect subjects from dangerous drugs. It’s cheaper and easier to bury bad studies if the study is done far away.

I was less thrilled that he showed lawyers pursuing a bad tort case since that feeds into the call for tort reform. The thing is, tort reform is all about weakening consumer protection and safety and immunizing corporations. Corporations talk about frivolous lawsuits, but since tort lawyers don’t get paid if they don’t win–since they have to pay all the expenses up front and get nothing but bills if they lose–there’s no incentive to file frivolous suits. While Grisham includes that reality, I was not thrilled with feeding into the stereotype of tort lawyers as corrupt.

Still, the story was fast, fun, and lively. It was a bon bon.

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https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/9780345536884/ ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Aug 10, 2018 |
t's a very slow paced novel but definitely a must read book.David Zinc who works for a big law firm got far too tired and burned out becoz of his tight working schedule.One day, he goes to a bar and gets himself drunk for the whole day without telling anyone which includes his wife.Then sees an ad about a boutique law firm run by two partners Oscar & Wally. In a very drunken tone tells the two partners about his interests in working there.At first they didn't believe him.The story plot gears up from there.Overall, the story plot is very well knitted. ( )
  infantinanivetha | Jul 30, 2018 |
This hilarious law firm must be based on the circus nuts I worked for during law school! No wonder I walked away (ran) from practice! The boutique firm in Grisham's novel will crack you up, however, and engage you with federal courtroom procedure, as well as some personal drama on the side. Though the hero is one to root for, the hijinx of the partners is dry and cliche at times. The ending is satisfying, and I'd recommend it for a car ride or light beach reading. ( )
  GinaFava | Apr 11, 2018 |
From the very first pages, I knew I'd enjoy this Grisham novel and found myself routing for David Zinc from the moment that he climbed back on the elevator and decided there had to be a better way than the long, grueling, thankless, billable hours in a prestigious downtown Chicago megafirm. He was on the "fast track" but at age 31, there comes a morning when he decides he’s done with being a part of the corporate law firm way of life.

I loved the character of Rochelle, the office secretary at Finley & Figg. Her morning routine at the office made me smile every time it was described.

This is definitely one of the Grisham novels I've enjoyed the most - not as a legal thriller - just due to the characters of David and Rochelle. ( )
1 vote Corduroy7 | Nov 16, 2017 |
good / Bad companies — drugs — lead w teeth

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.
  christinejoseph | Sep 23, 2017 |
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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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