Legislative Update: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

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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Hosting a Party Could Become Costly

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Recently, the Los Angeles Times wrote on the issue of being a social host and the liability that comes with it, as the Supreme Court of California is expected to issue a ruling on a case dealing with this issue in March. The case will determine whether young people who host underage drinking parties and charge […]

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The World Is Run By People Who Show Up

Tom Scott
CA Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business

When it comes to elections, a friend of mine always says, “The world is run by those who show up,” and the point is obvious. I have been involved in politics and public policy for a long time and enjoy working with elected officials and businesses trying to find common ground. When discussing how lawsuit […]

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