CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

2012 Civil Justice Leadership Awards

By Todd Roberson on 09/28/2012 @ 11:48 AM

Tags: Legislature

CJAC has selected this year's recipients of our Civil Justice Leadership Awards and we are proud to announce the following five legislators as award recipients:

Asm. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) - Lara authored AB 2274, a CJAC-sponsored bill signed into law that closes a loophole in the vexatious litigant statute, making it easier to restrict plaintiffs who repeatedly file meritless lawsuits. He has also been active in raising awareness of lawsuit abuse through events in his district.

Asm. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) - Pan is a physician who still practices and has been a voice of reason when the plaintiffs bar tries to use junk science to create new forms of liability.

Asm. Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) - Nestande has authored two bills to reform California's class action laws (AB 271 and AB 1954) and was a strong advocate for hot-air balloon companies in his district that were victims of baseless nuisance lawsuits.

Asm. Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) - Buchanan has supported efforts to reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and its overly litigious processes. She authored AB 900 in 2011 to streamline judicial review of CEQA legal challenges on clean energy or "green" projects. She also authored AB 2406 this year, which created greater transparency on intervenors and the attorney fees they seek in setting insurance rates. Both were signed into law. She also has been a consistent voice of reason opposing measures that would make California's legal environment even worse.

Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) - Rubio has also taken a leading role in working for CEQA reform so that important projects are not needlessly delayed by lawsuits filed for reasons unrelated to the environment. He has also regularly opposed attempts to make it easier and more profitable to sue.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients and thank you for your leadership!

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