AB 2171: Another Effort by Plaintiff’s Lawyers to Find New Ways to Sue

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

There are many reasons that California is ranked as the #1 Judicial Hellhole in the United States, including widespread abusive ADA lawsuits,shakedown Proposition 65 lawsuits or food litigation. But if some legislators get their way, things could get even worse. I’m referring to AB 2171, introduced by Assemblyman and Chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee Bob Wieckowski. If passed and […]

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Supreme Court Decision in Defibrillators Case Good News for CA Businesses

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, the California Supreme Court ruled that large retailers such as Target have no legal obligation to keep defibrillators on hand for customers stricken by heart attacks or other medical emergencies. This decision came as a result of a lawsuit brought on behalf of a Southern California family against Target after a woman collapsed in one of […]

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Legislative Update: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

CALA works with the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) to support legal reform in the legislature.  For the 2013-2014 legislative season, CALA and CJAC have seen some attempts at legislative reforms – and some bills that would expand opportunities for abusive lawsuits. Although we are only half way through the session, things are looking […]

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California #1 Riskiest State for Employee Lawsuits

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

While there are a lot of reasons California has been the #1 Judicial Hellhole for two years running, how we deal with employment lawsuits is one reason we will probably stay at the top of the list for a third straight year. According to a new study by Hiscox, on average, a United States-based business with at least […]

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2013 Prop. 65 Private Settlement Summary Shows Widespread Lawsuit Abuse Continues

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Every year the Attorney General’s office releases an annual summary of the private settlements of Proposition 65 cases brought by private plaintiffs. The office has been doing this since 2000 and the summaries are based on reports submitted to the Attorney General as required by law. The summary shows total penalties, attorney fees, other funds collected, and […]

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Juror Appreciation Week – May 12-16

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 17th Anniversary of Juror Appreciation Week. For those of you who have served on a jury, CALA would […]

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How Is Litigation Affecting Your Child’s Education?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Back in January, the Sacramento Bee ran an article detailing how students in the Twin Rivers Unified School District had to wear “snuggies” and use portable heaters because it was so cold and many of their classrooms lacked a functional heating system. They attributed the problem to aging facilities with units badly in need of repair and […]

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Patients Pay the Price If Trial Lawyers Roll Back MICRA

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Well, they’ve done it. The trial lawyers have turned in 840,000 signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot that would make it easier and more profitable for lawyers to sue doctors and hospitals. While they’ll say many things in the months between now and the election, it is important to remember that this initiative is […]

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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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