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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Do We Need to Have a Serious Discussion about Medical Malpractice?

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

There is no doubt that since the passage of the Affordable Care Act three years ago people are not exactly sure of what to healthcare costs to expect. One of the major costs to healthcare is the annual cost of defensive medicine. According to the independent healthcare economics firm BioScience Valuation, the annual cost of […]

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Get Ready for Court Funding Cuts

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

The Los Angeles County Superior Court recently announced plans to eliminate 511 positions by June in a sweeping cost cutting effort to close an $85 million dollar budget shortfall by the beginning of the next fiscal year. The Presiding Judge, David Wesley, said all of the cuts are necessary. Including cuts made over the past four years, […]

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It Takes A Village

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Nearly every organization in the State of California takes time to engage their supporters and arrange for them to meet their legislators in Sacramento. Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Civil Justice Association of California did just that the other day, when we held our annual Day at the Capitol on March 13th. We started […]

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2013 Legal Reform Legislation at a Glance

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

The deadline for new bills in California’s legislature was February 23rd and we can now see some of the legislation related to legal reform that legislators have introduced. I must point out here that Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is strictly a grassroots, nonpartisan, educational nonprofit organization. We aren’t lobbyists, but we certainly take positions on […]

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Watch Out for those Foul Balls!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Spring is in the air and so are a lot of foul balls. But a recent ruling by the Idaho Supreme Court might change the way foul balls are treated at baseball games. Bud Rountree was injured while attending a Boise Hawks game with his wife and grandkids back in 2008. Rountree left his seat in the […]

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This Bud Coupon Is for You!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Every day, it seems that I see another ridiculous lawsuit appear in the news. This time it’s a new class action lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch for allegedly watering down Budweiser, Michelob and its other brands of malted beverages. Josh Boxer (I do not believe he is related to our esteemed U.S. Senator) is the lead lawyer in this […]

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