Entrepreneurial Litigation: Its Rise, Fall, and Future

John C. Coffee (Author)

Product Details

Harvard University Press
Publish Date
June 08, 2015
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.5 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

John C. Coffeeร‚ Jr. is the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law and director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School. He is a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been repeatedly listed by theร‚ National Law Journal as among its ''100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.'' Coffee has worked as a reporter for the American Law Institute on its Corporate Governance Project and has served on the Legal Advisory Board to the New York Stock Exchange and the SEC's advisory committee on the capital formation and regulatory processes. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including thirteen editions of his securities casebook.


This complicated subject matter will be appreciated by those who desire an in-depth review of this narrow topic and are interested in a critical perspective and call for reform that the author touts as absent in the literature.--C. Fruin"Choice" (11/01/2015)
Jack Coffee is the leading scholar on the array of issues that surround representative shareholder litigation. This book builds upon his decades of scholarship and engagement. Central to the rewards awaiting the reader is the rich understanding of how litigants' incentives have changed over time so that the once lofty image that cast the representative suit as being the 'private attorney general' now stands substantially qualified. His insightful and balanced analysis of the challenges that surround such suits provides a solid foundation on which reform of the representative suit can occur. The book concludes with an international perspective and also offers an agenda for reform to preserve and strengthen, but also to constrain the representative suit.--James D. Cox, Duke University School of Law
Professor Coffee's book is comprehensive, well-written, original, and fun to read. He covers enormous ground, and the book should attract a wide and diverse audience interested in complex litigation, including securities and mass torts.--Linda J. Silberman, New York University School of Law
What has been largely missing from this debate over the merits and demerits of class action litigation is a judicious appraisal of its strengths and weaknesses, unaffected by ideological biases...Coffee has long been regarded as perhaps the preeminent expert on U.S. securities law, but his book is not limited to securities class actions. Rather, it covers the full spectrum of class actions, including mass tort class actions, employment discrimination class actions, antitrust class actions, consumer class actions, merger and acquisition class actions, and much more. Not only is the book more comprehensive than prior studies of class actions, it also probes more deeply, placing today's class actions firmly within the setting of the modern trend toward turning the practice of law ever more into a business. Perhaps most impressively, Coffee's book offers specific prescriptions...for reducing the weaknesses of modern class action litigation while enhancing its strengths.-- (11/19/2015)