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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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According to CEOs, California is Dead Last

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

If I were trying to grow a state’s economy, I would probably listen to someone who knows how to create jobs and is making decisions on behalf of shareholders, investors and employees. I think the time has come to take seriously all these various surveys that come out and rank California at the bottom or […]

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CEQA Reform Can Happen – Support SB 787

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

The Governor said in his State of the State speech: “We … need to rethink and streamline our regulatory procedures, particularly the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).” CEQA, for those of you who do not know, was passed in California in 1970 – the year of the first Earth Day. It does not directly regulate land […]

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Cha Ching, Cha Ching Went the Cable Car

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

San Francisco, the beautiful city by the bay, is one of the most popular destinations in the world. To me it is like Las Vegas. Two or three nights in San Fran is the perfect mini vacation. My wife and I like to hop on the famed cable cars and take a spin over to […]

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What Are Public Sector Lawsuits Costing You?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

CALA  recently released a report finding that just 17 of California’s 482 cities and 58 counties spent more than $1.09 billion on lawsuits over a four-year period from 2008-2012. And that’s just on verdicts, settlements and outside counsel. It does not even take into account the cost of in-house counsel and other administrative costs associated […]

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Have Law Degree, Will Sue Law School

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

A recent LA Times article reported that dozens of recently graduated law students across the country have decided to file or join class action lawsuits against their law schools, alleging the schools lured them in with misleading reports of their graduates’ success. Since it was published on April 1st, I thought that it might be a joke, […]

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