CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Prop. 65 Reform Measure Narrowed, Moves On

Posted on 04/30/2013 @ 04:00 PM

Tags: Proposition 65

The effort to dramatically reform Proposition 65 proposed in AB 227 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) was scaled back today during a hearing of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bill was significantly narrowed before being approved by the committee.

The original version of the bill would have given any alleged Prop. 65 violator 14 days to make fixes before a lawsuit could be filed. The amendments limit the bill's application to alleged violations relating to exposure to alcohol and food-related chemicals, tobacco smoke, and vehicle exhaust. In only these cases, an alleged violator can avoid a lawsuit by paying a $500 penalty for each facility where the violation occurred and by posting the required warning signs within 14 days of being notified of the violation.

Earlier this month the previous version of the bill was passed unanimously by the Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee, but it was clear that Gatto was expected to make major changes to the bill if he wanted it to keep it alive.

You can read about the amendments in more detail in the legislative analysis. While we're disappointed that the bill had to be narrowed to this degree, this is still a step forward.

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CEQA Reform Remains in Question

Posted on 04/29/2013 @ 04:00 PM

Tags: Legal Climate, Legislature, Legal Reform

There have been some mixed messages this month about the prospects for reforming the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - a source of many frivolous lawsuits filed against development projects - during this year's legislative session. Governor Jerry Brown had some discouraging words, stating that reform was unlikely this year and that, "the appetite for CEQA reform is much stronger outside the state Capitol than it is inside."

He added however that, "this is not something you get done in a year, but I believe before I depart this stage we will see reform in CEQA." Read more here.

Meanwhile, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) disputed the Governor's assessment and unveiled a new, modest proposal last week in his CEQA reform bill - SB 731. Steinberg's new proposal would prevent lawsuits against projects that meet statewide standardized thresholds for the environmental impacts of traffic, noise, and aesthetics, streamline the CEQA process for clean energy projects, and expedite the disposition of legal challenges.

Additionally, the mayors of two of California's largest cities - Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Chuck Reed of San Jose - chimed in last week with this op-ed.

Stay tuned...much more negotiation is expected.

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Briefing on Proposed New Trial Court Funding Methodology

Posted on 04/15/2013 @ 04:00 PM

Tags: Courts

This Friday, April 19th, the Judicial Council's Trial Court Budget Working Group will hold briefings on planned changes to the allocation of trial court funds. Sacramento Presiding Judge Laurie Earl and members of the Funding Methodology Subcommittee will lead a series of three two-hour presentations about the proposed new system at the Legislative Office Building, 1020 N Street, Room 100, in downtown Sacramento across the street from the State Capitol.

Interested parties may attend any one of the three presentations which are scheduled for 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 2:00 PM. For more information contact the Judicial Council's office at 916-323-3121. For information on the Trial Court Budget Working Group visit www.courts.ca.gov/3046.htm.

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Day at the Capitol is One Week Away

Posted on 03/06/2013 @ 03:00 PM

Here's a reminder that one week from today CJAC and the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse will be hosting our 3rd annual Day at the Capitol. The day will include a luncheon with lawsuit victims and legal experts, meetings with legislators in the afternoon, and a reception that evening. You can find more details on the agenda.

Please remember that we can provide and/or pay for travel arrangements for a limited number of participants.

For more information or to RSVP email us at cjac@cjac.org. Thanks!

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Day at the Capitol - March 13th

Posted on 01/22/2013 @ 03:00 PM

Tags: Legislature, Legal Climate, Legal Reform

Our third annual Day at the Capitol will be on Wednesday, March 13th this year! CJAC and the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse are teaming up again to bring legal reform advocates from across the state to the Capitol.

Activities will include a luncheon with a panel of lawsuit abuse victims and legal reform experts, meetings with elected officials and an evening reception. For more information or to RSVP email us at cjac@cjac.org.

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