CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Op-Ed: Nuisance lawsuits by local prosecutors: A dangerous game?

Posted on 09/27/2016 @ 09:00 AM

In an op-ed that ran in the Daily Journal this week, Kim Stone questions the dangerous precedent of nuisance theory lawsuits by local prosecutors. To read the op-ed, click here.

Nuisance lawsuits are the topic of CJAC’s Issue Briefing to be held September 28 in the Cafeteria 15L Ultra Room, 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, from 11:15 to 1:00. Free lunch will be served and free MCLE credit is available. It’s not too late to reserve a space. Click here for details or contact Debbie Edgar at 916-443-4900 to RSVP.

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CJAC Issue Briefing: The Nuisance of Misguided Public Nuisance Litigation – September 28, 2016

Posted on 09/19/2016 @ 09:00 AM

Please join the Civil Justice Association of California on September 28 for a complimentary luncheon and panel discussion regarding the effect of nuisance litigation on policy, politics, and local government. The Issue Briefing, The Nuisance of Misguided Public Nuisance Litigation, will be held in the Cafeteria 15L Ultra Room, 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, CA, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm. Registration beginning at 11:15.

Free MCLE credit available.

Speakers/Topics:

Kim Stone, President, Civil Justice Association of California: Usurping the Legislature - How Public Nuisance Litigation Turns Policy Making on Its Head

Julie Gunlock, Director, Independent Women's Forum's Culture of Alarmism Project: Exploiting Fear in the Courts for Politics and Profit

Tony Dias, Partner, Jones Day: Local Government Use of Public Nuisance Litigation to Whitewash Failure To Enforce California's Laws

Andrea Hogan, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP: West Coast Cities’ Public Nuisance Litigation Against Product Manufacturers to Pay for New Clean Water Act Regulatory Requirements

Click here for the Issue Briefing flyer. To RSVP, contact Debbie Edgar at dedgar@cjac.org.

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Ruling effectively rolls out a welcome mat for out-of-state plaintiffs

Posted on 09/19/2016 @ 09:00 AM

In an op-ed featured in the Daily Journal, Kim Stone explains that the recent California Supreme Court opinion on Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court, 2016 DJDAR 8952 (Aug. 29, 2016), could lay out “the welcome mat for out-of-state plaintiffs to sue out-of-state companies in California.”

Click here to read the full op-ed.

Further, CJAC conducted a study looking at out-of-state plaintiffs in pharmaceutical product liability cases filed in Los Angeles and San Francisco state courts between January 2010 and May 2016. Not exactly a surprise, very few California plaintiffs were represented (10%). “Sixty-seven percent of the cases involved had no California plaintiffs whatsoever and over 85 percent of the cases involved more than half of the plaintiffs from out of state.”

Click here to read the report.

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Jurors rock, some more than others

Posted on 08/29/2016 @ 09:00 AM

Performing her civic duty this week in Nashville, TN, was none other than Taylor Swift. To read the full Huffington Post story, click here.

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Shark-Attack Lawsuit Raises Interesting Questions, Like What Were You Doing in the Ocean to Begin With

Posted on 08/09/2016 @ 09:00 AM

Kevin Underhill (loweringthebar.net) takes a humorous look at assumption of risk in his recent post: Shark-Attack Lawsuit Raises Interesting Questions, Like What Were You Doing in the Ocean to Begin With.

Underhill says, “My interest is more in whether somebody who gets in the ocean with a guy who is known to attract sharks can sue that guy if a shark shows up and bites her.”

Click here to read the full story.

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