A New Outbreak of Prop. 65 Lawsuit Abuse Underscores Need for Reform

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

CALA has documented the lawsuit abuse related to Proposition 65 for quite some time. Despite minimal reform (like Assemblyman Gatto’s AB 227 passed last year) the lawsuits have continued. With the state considering new regulations related to warnings that could actually bring more lawsuits, I thought it might be helpful to show one example of […]

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Bipartisan Bills to Reduce ADA Lawsuit Abuse Introduced in California Legislature

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Will 2015 be the year we see substantial reforms to stop lawsuit abuse associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? We are off to a good start with the introduction of AB 54 by Republican Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen and AB 52 by Democrat Assemblyman Adam Gray. Both bills already have bipartisan co-authors, and both bills would […]

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Employee Holiday Party Liability Prevention

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

As you prep for your work holiday party, check your list twice to ensure that you take steps to limit your liability for lawsuits. While limiting legal liability is hardly most people’s idea of yuletide joy, the reality is that the annual employee holiday party could be a legal disaster waiting to happen – and […]

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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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