A Civil Action Topics for Discussion

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Does Schlichtmann eventually regret having taken the Woburn case? Support your opinion with specific events and/or quotes from the text.

Civil lawsuits do not require guilt beyond a reasonable doubt but, rather, guilt by preponderance of evidence. Do you agree with this concept? Why or why not?

Schlichtmann believes that Skinner is clearly prejudiced in favor of Beatrice Foods because of his deep respect and long-term relationship with Facher. What events appear to support Schlichtmann's belief?

A major issue of this story is the depth of corporate irresponsibility and the consequent danger to an unsuspecting public that trust local, state and federal officials to protect it. What role does government currently play in protecting its citizens from harm at the hands of greedy, unethical American and foreign corporations? What more can or should it do?

What motivates Schlichtmann to continue with this case...

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