The year was 1975. A landmark piece of legislation, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, was passed in response to a crisis of runaway medical liability costs and the resulting shortage of healthcare providers in California. The newly-formed Association for California Tort Reform took steps to broaden the reforms enacted by MICRA into other torts.
Officially founded in 1979, ACTR later merged with another tort reform group of high-tech and venture capital leaders in the Silicon Valley, the California Legal Reform Institute, to form a broader, more powerful coalition dedicated to improve California’s civil justice system.
The association was renamed the Civil Justice Association of California in 1999. Counted among its many successes is Proposition 64, which stopped “shakedown” lawsuits from being filed against businesses by private lawyers. California voters overwhelmingly approved the initiative on Nov. 2, 2004.
Today, CJAC continues to aggressively work in the state Legislature and the courts to reduce the kind of unwarranted and excessive litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians.
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