Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

These nonfiction books tell the stories of individuals faced with legal battles against large corporations or local governments.

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Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage
By Jeff Benedict
When Suzette Kelo refused to sell her home to make way for a pharmaceutical plant, her city decided to exercise its power of eminent domain and launched one of the most extraordinary legal cases of modern times. An award-winning investigative journalist details how one woman led the charge to take on corporate America.

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Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal
By Penny Loeb
Moving Mountains recounts the struggle of Trish Bragg and other ordinary West Virginians for fair treatment by the coal companies that dominate the local economies of southern West Virginia.

Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law
By Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler
In a cold and grueling iron mine, a group of women endured a shocking degree of sexual harassment, until one of them found the courage to file the first sexual harassment class action suit in the United States.

Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial
By Alison Bass
Side Effects tells the tale of an assistant attorney general who, along with an unlikely whistleblower at an Ivy League university, uncovered evidence of deception behind one of the most successful drug campaigns in history.

Shell Game: One Family's Long Battle against Big Oil
By J. Michael Veron
When author Veron's family learns that a lease with Shell Oil for land it owned in western Louisiana had expired, it opened a controversy that took nine years to resolve. This is a David and Goliath tale of duplicity, environmental chaos, and legal bullying.

A Civil Action
By Jonathan Harr
This work of legal reportage is at once the story of an emotionally explosive lawsuit and a searing exposé of the American legal system. When young lawyer Jan Schlichtmann initiates a civil suit against two of the nation's largest corporations who stand accused of the deaths of children in a Massachusetts suburb, he finds himself locked in an epic struggle that costs him his home, his reputation, and very nearly his sanity.

Other books by Jeff Benedict

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The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success through Faith and Family
By Jeff Benedict
With original interviews and unparalleled access, this one-of-a-kind book offers an unprecedented look at how the Mormon faith has shaped some of today's most successful CEOs and businessmen.

Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence, and Crime
By Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger
In this raw exposé, Benedict reveals startling information about NBA players, the crimes they commit, the league's tolerance and complacency, and how these matters are handled or disposed of in the justice system.

No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of a Top Smithsonian Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for America's Oldest Skeletons
By Jeff Benedict
Benedict investigates the world of the Smithsonian's top forensic scientist, Doug Owsley, who has worked with remains from ancient times to some of the most notorious cases today.

Without Reservation: The Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and the World's Largest Casino
By Jeff Benedict
This book provides an eye-opening account of an Indian tribe's rise to power and its battle to operate the world's largest casino in the backyard of a sleepy New England town.

Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play In the NFL
By Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger
The author's research shows that more than 20 percent of NFL players have been arrested and charged with serious crimes. This exposé tears the lid off pro football's dirtiest secrets, revealing details about the NFL's most notorious offenders, what they've been charged with, and why they're still playing.

Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes against Women
By Jeff Benedict
In this work, Jeff Benedict investigates athletes' abusive behavior, delving into the full spectrum of complex factors that give rise to and perpetuate the disturbing pattern of frequent sexual and domestic violence toward women.

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