LA Finally Wises Up On ADA Compliance

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

In April, the City of Los Angeles reached a deal to repair the city’s broken and crumbling sidewalks, at a cost of more than $1 billion over 30 years. Just how bad are the city’s sidewalks? One city estimate found that 40 percent of the city’s sidewalks needed to be fixed. A plan to fix the sidewalks […]

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Jury Appreciation Week – May 11-15

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 18th Anniversary of Juror Appreciation Week. For those of you who have served on a jury, CALA would […]

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Your Voice Can Make A Difference

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I have been involved in the fight to end lawsuit abuse for quite some time and grassroots supporters always ask me whether meeting, calling, or writing to their legislators will make a difference. With all the talk of special interest influence and the effect of campaign contributions, it is easy to understand why individual citizens […]

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Counties Should Reconsider Their Involvement in “Public Nuisance” Lawsuits

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

An Open Letter to the County Counsels’ Association of California To the legal representatives of California’s counties: As you meet this week in Monterey to discuss civil law and litigation, there is a major issue that merits your attention: the growing trend of California counties and cities, urged on by profit-hungry contingency fee lawyers, to bring “public […]

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AB 588 Could Save California Businesses Millions

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

California needs to make major progress when it comes to preventing abusive lawsuits. The state earned the title of “Judicial Hellhole” again this year, calling attention to the fact that California’s legal climate is out of balance, and things are getting worse each year. California earned this title because of laws like the Private Attorney General […]

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CA’s Court System Must Be Adequately Funded

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

On March 23rd, the Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court delivered her annual address regarding the state of the California judiciary to the California Legislature. While the state of the judiciary is improving, it has a long way to go. Here’s what the Chief Justice had to say: “You [the Legislature] pass bills that […]

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AB 1252 Will Help Stop Prop. 65 Shakedown Lawsuits

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Shakedown Prop. 65 lawsuits have been plaguing California’s small businesses for decades. Through 2012, Prop. 65 had led to 16,000 lawsuits and close to $500 million in settlements, much of which has gone directly to plaintiffs’ lawyers for fees and costs – and the numbers have only increased since then. Back in 2013, CALA applauded the California Legislature for […]

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Congress Needs to Step in to Stop Patent Trolls

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Here in California, the latest battle of the smartphone wars between Apple and Samsung before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is just the latest example of why our nation’s patent laws need reform. This highly public feud has increased the average consumer’s awareness of patents and their role. Washington has paid attention too, and […]

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Federal Bill To Curb Shakedown Ada Lawsuits Introduced

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

There has been a lot of focus on what will California do this year to stop the shakedown lawsuits associated with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Many bipartisan bills have been introduced at the state level (including AB 52, AB 54 and SB 67), but to solve the problem we also need the federal […]

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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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