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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Stop the Presses – California Continues to Pass Legal Reforms!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

As the first half of the 2013-2014 legislative session comes to a close, it’s time to review what has happened so far. According to the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), there were over 2,500 bills introduced in 2013. Of those, Governor Brown signed 800 regular session bills into law and vetoed 96 bills. His […]

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LAAW Ends, But the Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse Continues

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Over the past week, CALA celebrated Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week. During this week, we featured various supporters on our blog and YouTube page, all with the intention of educating consumers, elected officials and community leaders about the toll lawsuit abuse takes on our businesses and communities. For 20 years, CALA has been working hand in […]

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Attack of the Killer Privacy Initiative

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

What do you get when a former State Senator and a trial lawyer team up? Possibly one of the worst potential initiatives to come along in quite some time. And yet, that is exactly what former State Senator Steve Peace and San Diego trial lawyer Michael Thorsnes are pushing. (You may recall that Senator Peace […]

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Baby Steps to Prop. 65 Reform

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

On September 11th, the state Senate sent AB 227 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto with a vote of 78-0, and the bill is now on its way to Governor Brown for a veto or signature. Gov. Brown likely will sign it because it has received bipartisan support from a broad coalition of trial lawyers, environmentalists and business. AB […]

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It’s Football Season – Remember to Read that Helmet Warning!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

There may be no better time of the year than the start of football season. The rivalries, the tailgate parties and the discussion of liability issues are what I look forward to every year. I am sure that back in 1892 when William “Pudge” Heffelfinger signed a $500 contract to play with the Allegheny Athletic […]

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Is CEQA Reform Coming Up Short?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Is substantial CEQA reform possible or is it coming up short? The latest version of state Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s SB 731 falls short of what should be the ultimate goal of any CEQA reform: stopping abusive CEQA lawsuits while preserving CEQA’s ability to protect the environment. Last week, SB 731 advanced out of the Assembly […]

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The 13 Year Old Lead Paint Lawsuit

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

A trial began a few weeks ago before Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg, an appointee of Governor Gray Davis. He is hearing a case without a jury to determine whether five paint manufacturers, including Atlantic Richfield, NL Industries and Sherwin Williams should be held liable and ordered to remove led paint from an estimated 5 million homes […]

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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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