California Needs Fairness in Asbestos Lawsuits
Posted on 04/11/2016 @ 02:00 PM
An op-ed authored by CJAC president Kim Stone on recently introduced asbestos legislation (Assembly Bill 2315 Olsen/Gray) was featured in the April 11, 2016 Daily Journal.
The California Legislature has an opportunity to make asbestos lawsuits more fair by passing Assembly Bill 2315 (Olsen/Gray). This bill would provide transparency in civil asbestos litigation. Asbestos related diseases like cancer and mesothelioma take a long time to manifest, and people who develop them deserve fair compensation now and in the future. Our current system, however, may be over-compensating current victims at the expense of future victims. California lawmakers should work to protect assets for both current and future victims.
Asbestos litigation is the longest running mass tort litigation in the United States. Litigation has spanned over 40 years and has resulted in hundreds of thousands of claims filed and billions of dollars in compensation paid. Early litigation involved companies that made products containing asbestos. While over 90 companies have gone bankrupt as a result of the litigation, over 60 companies have, through the federal bankruptcy code, created personal injury settlement trusts in order to compensate present and future asbestos claimants. Injured claimants can receive compensation for their harm through the bankruptcy trust system, but they can also receive compensation by suing solvent companies.
To read the full op-ed, click here. (Subscription required)
CJAC Mourns John Sullivan
Posted on 01/26/2016 @ 01:00 PM
We regret to announce the death of CJAC’s former president and 40-year Capitol veteran, John Sullivan.
Tributes to John were published in the Sacramento Bee and the Capitol Morning Report. We couldn’t have said it any better so links to the stories are below.
CJAC is planning a gathering to honor John on Thursday, March 10, at 4 p.m. at Frank Fat's and welcomes members of the Capitol community to stop by for a drink. A memorial service will be held on March 5 at 2 p.m. at Carmichael Presbyterian Church, 5645 Marconi Ave.
John, you will be missed.
Register Now for the CJAC/CALA Day at the Capitol!
Posted on 01/26/2016 @ 01:00 PM
The Civil Justice Association of California and California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse cordially invite you to join us at our 2016 Day at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.
We encourage your attendance at one of our most important events of the year, our 2016 Day at the Capitol! The Day at the Capitol is an opportunity to bring real-world stories of lawsuit abuse to Legislators in Sacramento. Please join us as we continue to advocate for the improvement of California’s civil liability system.
The day begins at noon with guest speakers and lunch followed by Legislator visits and an evening reception.
Click here to register.
We hope to see you there!
Mark Your Calendars: CJAC/CALA 6th Annual Day at the Capitol
Posted on 01/13/2016 @ 09:00 AM
March 15, 2016 is the day! CJAC and CALA will host Day at the Capitol for CJAC and CALA members as well as interested members of the community. Activities will include a welcome lunch, meetings with Legislators at the Capitol, and an evening reception with Legislators. Stay tuned; more details to follow.
Monkey See, Monkey Sue Update
Posted on 01/12/2016 @ 09:00 AM
A judge in San Francisco has ruled on what came to be one of the most ridiculous lawsuits of 2015. To read the full story, click here.