Nothing Sweet About Prop. 65 Lawsuits

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently a non-profit by the name of As You Sow (AYS) has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law. AYS has sent legal notices to all three companies after testing revealed trace amounts of lead and cadmium in some of the companies’ brands. The […]

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It’s All About Judges

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

In politics, sometimes it’s all about judges and for California, Governor Brown is very cognizant of the issue. I really believe that the Governor’s legacy will not be tax reform, high speed rail or the infamous two tunnels in the delta – it is with his appointments to the California Supreme Court. Now that Leondra […]

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‘Public Nuisance’ Lawsuits are Lawyers Latest Money Grab Attempt

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

California is home to innovation, from advances in the movie industry to the development of the iPad. But not all innovations here are beneficial, and some of the “innovations” of California’s lawyers are nothing but attempts to get large settlements or win large verdicts. Those innovations are one reason why California was yet again named one […]

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The 2015 CALA Legal Reform Wish List

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

With the 2015-2016 legislative session under way, it’s worth reminding our elected leaders why legal reform is needed. Ultimately, enacting legal reform is about making our lawsuit system serve the interests of ordinary people, rather than making personal injury lawyers rich. Stopping the abuse of our legal system will enable California businesses to grow and […]

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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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