What is the Deal with Hot Coffee Lawsuits?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

It has been 20 years since Stella Liebeck suffered third degree burns after she accidently spilled hot coffee in her lap and sued McDonald’s. The case became a lightning rod for legal reform. Initially she was awarded more than $2.7 million dollars by a jury in New Mexico. The trial judge reduced it to $640,000 […]

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The Lead Paint Lawsuit That Will Not Go Away

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Back in August of 2013, I wrote about the infamous 13 year old lead paint lawsuit in which Santa Clara County, along with ten other county governments, sued five paint manufacturers. The lawsuit alleged the manufacturers knew of the dangers of lead paint as early as the late 1890s and still sold it to consumers without warning. Lead paint was banned […]

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Suing a 14 year Old is a Complete Foul!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I have seen many bizarre lawsuits in my life, but the civil summons filed in Placer County recently against a 14 year old boy takes the cake. Joe Paris’s son was racing towards home plate to score the winning run during a Lakeside Little League baseball game last spring when the boy threw off his helmet in […]

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The 2014 CALA Legal Reform Wish List

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Despite some successful reforms in recent years, California still needs to do a lot more on the legal reform front. For decades, this state has heaped on more and more laws and regulations which create more and more lawsuits. Simply introducing a bill and doing a minor tweak to reduce abuse in isolated areas is […]

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The Case of the Smoking Congresswoman

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

I guess in my excitement to put out the CALA 2013 Legal Turkey Awards I overlooked one case in particular that should have been on the list. The case is that of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York. Before becoming a Congresswoman, Carolyn McCarthy was a nurse for 30 years and reportedly a heavy smoker for 40 […]

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Tell Us Something We Don’t Know – California Is Still a Judicial Hellhole

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

If you’re wondering what that smell is, it’s not chestnuts roasting on an open fire. It’s fire and brimstone, because California has been named the nation’s worst judicial hellhole in the nation for the second consecutive year. In the annual edition of its Judicial Hellholes Report, the American Tort Reform Association ranked California number one, followed […]

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Eggnog and Lawsuits Don’t Mix

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

As the holiday season ramps up, office parties and social gatherings will dot calendars between now and the New Year. Because California is one of the most litigious states and almost anything these days can lead to a lawsuit, party hosts have to keep liability in mind along with all the other responsibilities that go […]

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The 2013 CALA Legal Turkey Awards

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

With Thanksgiving coming up, we should all take some time to be thankful for what we have. Our nation, despite some problems, is still the greatest nation in the world. One of those problems is the ongoing abuse of our legal system. It seems like there is not a day, week or year that goes […]

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Watch Out Those Unpaid Interns May Sue You!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Early in my career I did quite a few unpaid internships. While I would have loved to have been paid, I actually viewed them all as great experiences that ultimately paid off in the long run. Well, apparently that is not the case now, as unpaid interns have  turned to lawsuits in an attempt to […]

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Do Not Be Fooled by the Trial Lawyers!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

A couple of weeks ago, a November 2014 ballot measure was cleared for circulation that would make it easier for lawyers to file meritless lawsuits against healthcare providers and generate more legal fees for themselves. It is called the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014. If someone approaches you to sign this petition, don’t […]

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