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Thanks to A Civil Action, America knows about the nightmare litigation that mowed down Jan Schlichtmann. Duffy Buchanan should only have it so good. The movie version of the best-selling book ends with Schlichtmann, the real-life crusading lawyer played by John Travolta, smiling a thin smile that says it all: The big boys may have eaten him alive, but he still has his Dmitri suits and the satisfaction that one man can make a difference. “Yeah, sure,” says Buchanan, a former crusading lawyer, laughing a frequent laugh that never quite makes it to his eyes. “What I learned is that if you’re big enough and have enough money, you can run over everyone. The courts, justice, everything, forever.”

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