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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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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