When the Trial Lawyers Come to Town…

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the national association of plaintiff’s lawyers, held its annual national convention in San Francisco. Unfortunately, these lawyers weren’t interested in growing our economy or creating jobs. With several of their sessions focused on lawsuit creation, it’s obvious they’re interested in just one thing: lining their own pockets by […]

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The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Aside from President Obama going after patent trolls, what is going on at the federal level on legal reform? Recently, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas introduced legislation to reduce abusive lawsuits that plague the United States legal system. The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA) imposes mandatory sanctions for lawyers […]

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CALA Kicks off Small Business Summer Campaign in Chico

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

CALA kicked off its Small Business Summer campaign in Chico, California on Friday, July 12. Now I know you are asking: what is Small Business Summer? Small Business Summer is designed to accomplish three goals. The first goal is to raise awareness about the impact of lawsuit abuse on small businesses. Small businesses are too […]

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Wage and Hour Lawsuits – Be Warned!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

It is summer and I am always searching for new and interesting issues to talk about. One issue that has come to my attention is the abuse of wage and hour lawsuits and California is a hotbed for them. A recent article in Corporate Counsel confirms just how popular they are with plaintiffs’ lawyers. For […]

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California is Ground Zero for Food Lawsuits

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

For some time, the plaintiffs’ bar has been looking for the next cash cow and the food industry seems to be it. Last year, a story on ABC laid out how the same guys who got rich by pummeling the tobacco industry have set their sights on a new target: those who make and sell food. That accusation […]

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Is President Obama a Legal Reformer?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I will be honest: the title of this blog was a little hard to type. But I was reading an article in Reuters and it made me wonder: does the President believe in legal reform? On one level it would seem that he does. Just last week, he took steps intended to curb lawsuits brought by companies […]

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The Tide Comes In, The Tide Goes Out

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

There are certain things that you can predict with relative certainty, such as the tide and the annual Proposition 65 Private Settlement report. I have been waiting since early April for the Attorney General to post the annual Summary of Proposition 65 Private Settlements. I was giddy with anticipation when it finally was posted the other […]

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The Proposition 65 Game Changer

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

For years I have said that anyone who looks at the private settlements related to Proposition 65 (The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) or the 60-Day Notice Section on the Attorney General’s website would definitely come to the conclusion that there is a clear abuse of this initiative. The problem is that […]

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Has the Table Been Set for CEQA Reform?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

The appetizers have been cleared and it looks like the table is being set for possible reform of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). While there are a large number of issues that one can discuss when it comes to CEQA reform, I will limit my comments to how to stop abusive CEQA lawsuits. The […]

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Juror Appreciation Week: May 13-17

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 citizens’ right to trial by jury possible. This year marks the 16th Anniversary of Juror Appreciation Week. For those of you who have served on a jury, CALA would like […]

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