The early reviews on Alan Lange’s new book Kings of Tort are coming in

One can only hope Alan and his sidekick Tom Dawson have thick hides because the early reviews are not good. For the record folks Lecky King is a woman (though she does bear a striking resemblance to Mrs Doubtfire) and the first mass State Farm settlement was not Woullard, it was MacFarland. Woullard was the proposed class action suit that never got off the ground.


7 thoughts on “The early reviews on Alan Lange’s new book Kings of Tort are coming in”

  1. Do you think Geoff Pender took time to read Lange’s book before he wrote that review calling it clear and concise? The dumbass didn’t know Lecky King was a woman? rotflmao

  2. In a way Gonesouth it was the innaccurate, agenda driven blogging on Scruggs and Katrina that resulted in Slabbed. I have not read Lange’s book and I doubt I buy it based on what I’m hearing. If you look at the chapter by chapter list of sources he used it was mostly anti Scruggs blogs and when it came to what happned down here none of his sources had a clue as to events on the ground. From what he told me personally Lange’s take on Jim Hood and his role in the civil litigation is exhibit A that way.

    A lawyer who has read the book told me he couldn’t believe Tom Dawson put his name on such a shoddily researched book. I figured misgendering Lecky King and not getting other basic facts straight (like calling the MacFarland settlement Woullard) explains why the DoJ acted like the keystone cops when it came to State Farm’s criminal behavior here after Katrina.


  3. I guess that beauty is in the eye of the beholder Nowdy. When we write the full review after you or Bam bam finish reading the book I was going to do the setup and include links on the controversy surrounding Mr Dawson and the book deal itself. Here is a sneak peek:

    Gonesouth I read Pender’s review and based on what I’m hearing and reading elsewhere I also wonder if he read it. Lecky King is the central figure from State Farm in the false claims act case, getting that wrong and Pender not catching it is something else!


  4. Someone even commented about the factual and spelling errors in a review on Alan’s blog – puts the authors in company of whoever wrote the menu for the Obama’s recent state dinner…

  5. “Kings of Tort” makes the US publishing business look like a third world enterprise. It’s hard to believe any legitimate publishing house would put its name on it. There may be a reason for all this. Lange and Dawson knew that Curtis Wilkie, a 26 year journalist with the Boston Globe, and seasoned professor of journalism, has been working on his book chronicling the Scruggs affair. It seems like Lange and Dawson raced their poorly researched copy to press with the idea that the first to publish will have a decisive advantage in the spin game. I can’t argue with that. As cartoonist Scott Adams said: “you can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.” To that I would add . . . “especially when they already have an ax to grind.”

  6. That is what I heard. Sometimes though Maris, the phrases “be there first with the most” and “fools rush in” are confused. Can a work that purports to be nonfiction that is riddled with factual inaccuracies still truly be nonfiction?


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