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Mel Hathorn

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· The Prisoner's Dilemma

· Celts and Kings

· The Castlereagh Connection

Short Stories
· Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Oliver Wight Tavern in Old Sturbridge Village

· Spanking Plato: Prologue - Chapter 3

· Sticking it to the Man

· Women in White: Parts 1-6

· Men In Black

· A Study and Discussion Guide to The Prisoner's Dilemma

· The Corporation Who Mistook Itself for a Person

· The Gymnast

· No Broccoli Tonight!!!

· The Prisoner's Dilemma (Authors note)

· Stages in the development of Social Change

· But Who's Going To Clean The Toilets?

· George Will's Unanswered Questions

· The People's Fund

· Letter to World Leaders

· An Open Letter to Connecticut Transit

· Constitutional Amendment to end Corporate Personhood

· Is Reaganomics Dead?

· A Reasonable Teaching Philosophy?

· No Taxation Without Representation

· Georgie Porgie

· The Battle Hymn of the Republic Updated" contributed

· Lament for Lost Liberties

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· A New Business!

· Spanking Plato

· Nobel Prize Nomination

· The First Crack in the Wall

· Are the predictions I made in The Prisoner’s Dilemma happening?

· Get The Prisoner's Dilemma free!

· New Review Re: Celts and Kings

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Dust Cover Copy for The Prisoner's Dilemma

2/3/2009 10:36:00 AM

by Mel Hathorn

My new novel, The Prisioner's Dilemma is nearing completion. Below is a proposed dust cover copy for the book jacket.

When twenty-five fifth-graders are killed by the negligence of a large corporation, their parents decide to sue Mighty Meadows Land Development. They quickly learn that they could not get justice from the corporation. To add insult to injury, they are offered a miniscule settlement which, if refused, will force the organization to declare bankruptcy and restructure itself. In addition, the top executives plan to leave the company with golden handshakes in the form of stock options, bonuses and buyouts worth millions.

The angry parents decide to sue those officers they feel were responsible for killing their children. In a press conference they announce that they are suing, "these individuals (The CEO, CFO, and other top officers) for $15 million each. We are also filing suit against the Board of Directors of Mighty Meadows for $10 million each. Additionally, we will be seeking $8 million in damages from all stockholders who hold 12 percent or more of Mighty Meadows shares."

Their decision to sue officers rather than the corporation itself is based on an obscure 1886 Supreme Court Case, Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. This decision declared that corporations were persons and allowed the corporation to bear the full responsibility for harmful decisions made by corporate officers. As a result of that case, corporate officers were protected by the corporate liability shield. This forces the angry parents to seek a reversal of that decision by filing a suit against the CEO of Mighty Meadows.

The parents decide to file their first suit against the CEO of Mighty Meadows. The business community unites to block these upstart parents by using a variety of legal and illegal means. Harassed and facing what appear to be insurmountable obstacles, the parents fight an uphill battle in the media and justice system. The case finally ends in the Supreme Court where the fate of millions could depend on the single swing vote of a Justice.

This provocative novel steeped in controversy will challenge the reader who will never again look at a corporate lawsuit through the same eyes. Based on an intriguing premise, the story will force the reader to realize that something similar could very well happen to them and wonder how the current system should be changed

More News by Mel Hathorn

· A New Business! - 5/30/2012 7:27:00 AM
· Spanking Plato - 3/2/2012 7:55:00 AM
· Nobel Prize Nomination - 1/6/2012 9:19:00 AM
· The First Crack in the Wall - 3/2/2011 6:06:00 AM
· Are the predictions I made in The Prisoner’s Dilemma happening? - 3/24/2010 7:09:00 AM
· Get The Prisoner's Dilemma free! - 10/24/2009 3:56:00 AM
· New Review Re: Celts and Kings - 10/30/2007 10:06:00 AM
· An Interview With Mel Hathorn about Celts and Kings - 9/13/2007 11:13:00 AM
· An Open Letter to Donald Trump - 11/14/2005 8:11:00 AM
· Cover Copy for Celts and Kings - 4/6/2005 7:23:00 AM
· Reaction to Celts and Kings so far - 5/31/2004 8:14:00 AM
· New novel!  - 3/28/2004 6:49:00 AM
· An Open Letter To Ted Turner, Rupert Murdock and Other Media Moguls - 5/29/2003 8:33:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Croesus Question - 3/19/2002 6:41:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Cable Connection - 3/19/2002 6:36:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Castlereagh Connection - 3/19/2002 6:32:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Journey: A Story For Those Who Blew It Or Are About To - 3/18/2002 12:21:00 PM

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