Prop. 65 Shakedown Lawsuits Hurting CA Businesses

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

CALA has repeatedly pointed out that a select group of organizations are profiting from shakedown Proposition 65 lawsuits. The list of Proposition 65 Private Settlements for 2014 has just been posted and, as always, shakedown lawsuits have put more money into the pockets of these organizations. Let’s be clear, these lawsuits and the resulting settlements are not […]

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On July 4th, Declare Your Independence From Shakedown Lawsuits

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

When we gather with friends and family this July 4th, it is the perfect time to reflect on some of the things that make our country great – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights provide a solid foundation for our roles as citizens, but unfortunately, […]

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AB 465: Trial Lawyers’ Attack On Arbitration

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Study after study has shown that consumers and employees actually fare better in arbitration than in court. In a 2006 study by Mark Fellows, Legal Counsel at the National Arbitration Forum, analyzed data from California and found that consumers prevail in arbitration 65.5% of the time, as compared to 61% of the time in court. Many […]

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CA: Worst Place For Business, 11th Year In A Row

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

California’s economic recovery might be a little over stated, at least according to the people who actually create jobs. Chief Executive Magazine has released its annual Best and Worst States for Business Survey and California ranked last – for the 11th year in a row. In the annual survey, completed by 511 CEOs across the United States, states […]

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SB 251 Will Reduce ADA Lawsuit Abuse

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Slowly, but surely, the California Legislature is making progress tackling the issue of shakedown lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We saw the first bit of success in 2008 with SB 1608 and more in 2012 with SB 1186. These bills represented the growing acknowledgement among our state’s elected leaders that […]

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LA Finally Wises Up On ADA Compliance

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

In April, the City of Los Angeles reached a deal to repair the city’s broken and crumbling sidewalks, at a cost of more than $1 billion over 30 years. Just how bad are the city’s sidewalks? One city estimate found that 40 percent of the city’s sidewalks needed to be fixed. A plan to fix the sidewalks […]

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Jury Appreciation Week – May 11-15

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

In 1998, the California Legislature designated the second full week in May each year to honor the important contributions of citizens who serve on juries, making the right to trial by jury possible. This year marks the 18th Anniversary of Juror Appreciation Week. For those of you who have served on a jury, CALA would […]

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Your Voice Can Make A Difference

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I have been involved in the fight to end lawsuit abuse for quite some time and grassroots supporters always ask me whether meeting, calling, or writing to their legislators will make a difference. With all the talk of special interest influence and the effect of campaign contributions, it is easy to understand why individual citizens […]

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Counties Should Reconsider Their Involvement in “Public Nuisance” Lawsuits

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

An Open Letter to the County Counsels’ Association of California To the legal representatives of California’s counties: As you meet this week in Monterey to discuss civil law and litigation, there is a major issue that merits your attention: the growing trend of California counties and cities, urged on by profit-hungry contingency fee lawyers, to bring “public […]

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AB 588 Could Save California Businesses Millions

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

California needs to make major progress when it comes to preventing abusive lawsuits. The state earned the title of “Judicial Hellhole” again this year, calling attention to the fact that California’s legal climate is out of balance, and things are getting worse each year. California earned this title because of laws like the Private Attorney General […]

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