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Does Pop Culture Libel Law and Lawyers?
Source: Picturing Justice: The On-Line Journal of Law and Popular Culture

This essayby Lisa Trach discusses how lawyers and the justice system appear in popular culture such as TV shows and movies. She argues that popular culture almost always paints a negative picture of either lawyers or the justice system. Several examples are used such as the TV shows "Law and Order" and "Matlock", as well as movies such as "Liar Liar".
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Erin Brockovich (Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric)

Erin Brockovich's case (Anderson v. PG&E) told in a story form by lawyer Carole Bos. It describes the background and outcome of the case, which involved chrome 6 contamination in Hinkley California, and includes excerpts of transcripts, trial briefs, PG&E statements issued before and during the trial, and other documents.
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A Civil Action: The Real Story
Source: Boston Phoenix

This article explains the real story on which the movie "A Civil Action" is based. It describes the background of the case (which involved contamination of groundwater in Woburn, Massachusetts), the trial itself, and its aftermath, and includes excerpts of interviews with Anne Anderson, a plaintiff in the case.
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Bad Lawyers in the Movies
Source: University of Southern California

An article by a law professor on the negative portrayal of lawyers in movies. The article discussed how the perception of lawyers has changed over the years, and questions wether or not this popular perception followed or led public opinion.
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