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CJAC Names John Doherty as New President and CEO

Posted on 11/18/2016 @ 08:00 AM

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), the state’s leading advocacy group for legal reform, has selected John Doherty to serve as its new President and CEO.

Doherty is currently Vice President of Politics and Policy and General Counsel of TechNet, an advocacy organization for the innovation industry.

“I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors to lead the Civil Justice Association of California and look forward to advocating for a stronger California, protecting our economy and creating a balanced civil justice system,” Doherty said.

“Excessive litigation discourages innovation and drives up costs for all California consumers and taxpayers. California businesses, both small and large, face unprecedented challenges in trying to create jobs and revenue for the state. I will advocate aggressively for common sense reforms that will make California stronger for everyone,” he said.

Doherty will officially take the helm on December 15.

“I’ve often had the privilege of working with John during my tenure at CJAC,” said Kim Stone, who departs CJAC next month after becoming its President in 2011. “He understands the importance of CJAC’s role as an issue-driven organization that works in both the Legislature and the Courts as an advocate for legal reform.

“CJAC is fortunate to have someone with John’s unique experience step into the role of CJAC President and CEO,” said Mark Sektnan, CJAC Board Chair. “He brings a wealth of political and policy advocacy experience, and has a strong awareness of the important issues that matter to CJAC’s members. He will be a great leader for the Association.”

Prior to joining CJAC, Doherty, 47, was responsible for remaking, managing and expanding a fifty state advocacy and political team for the technology industry at TechNet. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, State Government Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and Chief of Staff to California State Majority Leader Alberto Torrico.

Doherty received a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law and received a Bachelor of Political Science from Santa Clara University.

Commenting on departing CJAC President Stone, Sektnan said, “Kim’s tireless efforts to promote a fair civil justice system have served not just CJAC members but all Californians. Indeed, she has helped make CJAC a model for other civil justice reform groups around the country.”

Doherty and his wife have two children and reside in Sacramento.

Please contact Debbie Edgar at dedgar@cjac.org, 916-443-4900, should have have any questions.

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Please join CJAC as we say farewell and good luck to Kim Stone!

Posted on 11/15/2016 @ 08:00 AM

CJAC invites you to honor Kim Stone at a farewell and good luck party to be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Ella, 1131 K Street, Sacramento, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Please RSVP to Debbie Edgar at dedgar@cjac.org, 916-443-4900. [Flyer]

We hope to see you there!

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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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