August Bar Bulletin 2017
By Douglas Fryer
An exhaustive account focuses on one of the most contentious court cases in U.S. history
A federal class-action suit was filed in 1974 — Wards Cove Packing Company v. Atonio — which complained that racial discrimination was pervasive in the Alaskan salmon canning industry. That suit turned out to be one of the longest running ever, spanning 27 years until a final appellate decision was issued in 2001.
Debut author Douglas Fryer served as the lead counsel for Wards Cove and its partner, Bumble Bee Seafoods, for the entire duration of the litigation, and recounts the various details. The principal facts themselves were never...