Circle of Greed by Patrick Dillon
The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees

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Circle of Greed is the epic story of the rise and fall of Bill Lerach, once the leading class action lawyer in America and now a convicted felon.  For more than two decades, Lerach threatened, shook down and sued top Fortune 500 companies, including Disney, Apple, Time Warner, and—most famously—Enron.  Now, the man who brought corporate moguls to their knees has fallen prey to the same corrupt impulses of his enemies, and is paying the price by serving time in federal prison.       
If there was ever a modern Greek tragedy about a man and his times, about corporate arrogance and illusions and the scorched-earth tactics to not only counteract corporate America but to beat it at its own game, Bill Lerach's story is it.   

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About Patrick Dillon

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Dillon grew up among commerical fishermen on an island in Puget Sound. He is a former editor and columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and has won numerous national journalism awards, including a share of the Pulitzer Prize.
Published February 24, 2010 by Broadway Books. 546 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Two Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists explore the world of a lawyer who became wealthy by representing plaintiffs against multinational corporations committing fraud, but who simultaneously defraded the legal system.

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The Wall Street Journal

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When one big banking client at Mr. Lerach's firm filed a lawsuit to recover lost trust money, it was Mr. Lerach who ended up working side by side with plaintiffs' attorney Mel Weiss, who already had a reputation for bringing shareholder lawsuits.

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The Washington Post

The Fortune 500, especially the high-tech giants of Silicon Valley, where Lerach hunted often, rallied against his ilk, floating any number of California ballot initiatives to curb such litigation, and eventually persuaded Congress to pass a law effectively ending such lawsuits.

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City Book Review

Despite this story’s complexity, the authors are able to present evidence impartially and weave a fascinating tale that should be mandatory reading for the general public, and especially wary investors.

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