Stay Classy San Diego

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

A San Diego federal grand jury recently awarded $185 million in punitive damages against AutoZone Stores after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting her and then firing her. The jury also awarded Rosario Juarez $872,000 in compensatory damages for lost wages and emotional stress. This is believed to be the largest employment […]

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Another Shakedown ADA Lawsuit Against a California Business Shows the Need for Reform

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Just ask small businessman Jerry Brannon in Stockton.  He recently got sued by Scott Johnson for $38,000 for non-compliance with the Americans With Disability Act. However, instead of settling, Mr. Brannon has decided to fight. He plans to spend up to $50,000 fighting this lawsuit. According to a television news report, “Scott Johnson has made […]

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Stop the Trial Lawyer Train Wreck, Vote No on 45 and 46!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Election Day is quickly approaching and the end is near, both for the election cycle and for those annoying campaign ads that have been everywhere in the last few days. This Election Day, you have an opportunity to send a clear message to the trial lawyers in California that you will not tolerate more abuse […]

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Will New State Senate President Kevin De León Help California Create More Jobs?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Congratulations to new State Senate president pro tem Kevin de León! De León has committed himself to improving the state’s economy and creating jobs, both of which certainly deserve the attention of state leadership. To create jobs, we must improve the state’s business climate – especially when it comes to the sad state of the […]

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The Red Bull Class Action

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

The Red Bull class action lawsuit is complete bull****. Sorry, I figured that was the easiest way to get your attention. In case you have not heard about it, the Austria-based drink giant settled a class action lawsuit for false advertising a couple of weeks ago for $13 million. As part of the settlement, consumers who bought […]

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Vote for Legal Reform!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

This week is California Voter Registration Week. The Secretary of State is encouraging businesses, community groups, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies to inspire people to take part in the November 4th election. California had a pretty dismal turnout for the June primary, as roughly 18% of the 17.7 million registered voters in California turned out […]

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Senator Boxer, Trial Lawyers and Prop. 46

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

No this is not a lead in from Ed McMahon for Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent. The more than 50,000 grassroots supporters of California CALA have been saying for years that the lawsuit system needs reform because it mainly supports the interests of lawyers rather than ordinary people. How? By perpetuating a cycle through which personal […]

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Lowe’s Lawsuit: The Definition of Insanity

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, a Superior Court Judge named Paul M. Haakenson (Republican, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger) in Marin County laid out the terms of a settlement order and final judgment against Lowe’s on how it must label building products in California. The settlement came as a result of a case involving claims by the Marin County district attorney, Edward […]

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Is Litigation Costing You Your Kid’s Education?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

As Californians prepare to send their children back to school, local school districts are preparing to welcome students, teachers, and staff back into the classroom. In recent years, however, high litigation costs have contributed to cutbacks in school budgets placing added pressure on the budgets of school districts, parents and teachers. California Citizens Against Lawsuit […]

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What’s the Deal with Cities and Counties Hiring Contingency Fee Lawyers?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I get that cities and counties in this economy are struggling, but it seems like lately they are willing to sue just about anyone. Is this a new scheme? Taxation through litigation? Who benefits from the public sector suing the private sector? Santa Clara County seems to be leading the charge. Back in 2000, Santa […]

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