If You Like Shakedown Prop. 65 Lawsuits, You’ll Love SB 1381

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Some things should not come as a surprise. When it comes to the California Legislature, one of the least surprising things is that there are certain legislators who have an appetite for pleasing the Consumer Attorneys of California. State Senator Noreen Evans has done exactly that with SB 1381, which is related to genetically engineered food. […]

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When Constituents and Small Business Owners Speak, Legislators Listen

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, I wrote a blog post titled, “The World Is Run By People Who Show Up,” about how constituents can greatly affect the positions of their elected officials – but only when they speak up. California CALA recently held our fourth annual CALA/Civil Justice Association of California Day at the Capitol where we talked to […]

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Hosting a Party Could Become Costly

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, the Los Angeles Times wrote on the issue of being a social host and the liability that comes with it, as the Supreme Court of California is expected to issue a ruling on a case dealing with this issue in March. The case will determine whether young people who host underage drinking parties and charge […]

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The World Is Run By People Who Show Up

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

When it comes to elections, a friend of mine always says, “The world is run by those who show up,” and the point is obvious. I have been involved in politics and public policy for a long time and enjoy working with elected officials and businesses trying to find common ground. When discussing how lawsuit […]

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What is the Deal with Hot Coffee Lawsuits?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

It has been 20 years since Stella Liebeck suffered third degree burns after she accidently spilled hot coffee in her lap and sued McDonald’s. The case became a lightning rod for legal reform. Initially she was awarded more than $2.7 million dollars by a jury in New Mexico. The trial judge reduced it to $640,000 […]

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The Lead Paint Lawsuit That Will Not Go Away

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Back in August of 2013, I wrote about the infamous 13 year old lead paint lawsuit in which Santa Clara County, along with ten other county governments, sued five paint manufacturers. The lawsuit alleged the manufacturers knew of the dangers of lead paint as early as the late 1890s and still sold it to consumers without warning. Lead paint was banned […]

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Suing a 14 year Old is a Complete Foul!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I have seen many bizarre lawsuits in my life, but the civil summons filed in Placer County recently against a 14 year old boy takes the cake. Joe Paris’s son was racing towards home plate to score the winning run during a Lakeside Little League baseball game last spring when the boy threw off his helmet in […]

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The 2014 CALA Legal Reform Wish List

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Despite some successful reforms in recent years, California still needs to do a lot more on the legal reform front. For decades, this state has heaped on more and more laws and regulations which create more and more lawsuits. Simply introducing a bill and doing a minor tweak to reduce abuse in isolated areas is […]

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The Case of the Smoking Congresswoman

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I guess in my excitement to put out the CALA 2013 Legal Turkey Awards I overlooked one case in particular that should have been on the list. The case is that of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York. Before becoming a Congresswoman, Carolyn McCarthy was a nurse for 30 years and reportedly a heavy smoker for 40 […]

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Tell Us Something We Don’t Know – California Is Still a Judicial Hellhole

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

If you’re wondering what that smell is, it’s not chestnuts roasting on an open fire. It’s fire and brimstone, because California has been named the nation’s worst judicial hellhole in the nation for the second consecutive year. In the annual edition of its Judicial Hellholes Report, the American Tort Reform Association ranked California number one, followed […]

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