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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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Lowe’s Lawsuit: The Definition of Insanity

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, a Superior Court Judge named Paul M. Haakenson (Republican, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger) in Marin County laid out the terms of a settlement order and final judgment against Lowe’s on how it must label building products in California. The settlement came as a result of a case involving claims by the Marin County district attorney, Edward […]

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Is Litigation Costing You Your Kid’s Education?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

As Californians prepare to send their children back to school, local school districts are preparing to welcome students, teachers, and staff back into the classroom. In recent years, however, high litigation costs have contributed to cutbacks in school budgets placing added pressure on the budgets of school districts, parents and teachers. California Citizens Against Lawsuit […]

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What’s the Deal with Cities and Counties Hiring Contingency Fee Lawyers?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I get that cities and counties in this economy are struggling, but it seems like lately they are willing to sue just about anyone. Is this a new scheme? Taxation through litigation? Who benefits from the public sector suing the private sector? Santa Clara County seems to be leading the charge. Back in 2000, Santa […]

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Big Victory Against Excessive Privacy Litigation

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I’ve often said that the next tsunami of litigation will be in the area of privacy. There is always talk about a privacy initiative and there are normally numerous bills in the state legislature dealing with the issue. So I was happily surprised when I read that a state appellate court ordered the dismissal of […]

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97% of Contributions to Yes on 46 are from Trial Lawyers

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Since the formation of the committee in support of Proposition 46, donations have come almost exclusively from lawyers who stand to profit from its passage. This is not surprising, considering the trial lawyers spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to qualify Proposition 46 for the ballot. The committee has raised just over $4 million, with […]

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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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