CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Update on CJAC Public Affairs Conference

Posted on 05/22/2013 @ 07:00 PM

There are some updates to the agenda for CJAC's first public affairs conference, California and the Courts, which is taking place June 26-28 at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. The conference will analyze the political climate in California and what impact it will have on the state's judicial system.

Here is the latest list of topics and panelists:

Thursday, June 27th

California Politics in 2014: A Party Perspective - Panelists: Jim Brulte, California Republican Party and Jim DeBoo, California Assembly Democrats

National Trends - Panelists: Daniel Gatoff, Lake Research and Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies

Lunch Keynote Speaker - Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs

Food Court - Prop 65 and Food Lawsuits - Panelists: Benjamin Broderick, Theodora Oringher and Michael Steel, Morrison & Foerster

Corporate Litigation Perspectives - William E. Thomson, Gibson Dunn: "The Real Story Behind the Chevron/Ecuador Litigation" and Don Marshall, Toyota: "Perspectives on California Litigation"

Friday, June 28th

A Legislator's Perspective - Senators Marty Block and Mimi Walters; Assemblymembers Mike Gatto, Jimmy Gomez, Al Muratsuchi, and Don Wagner

If you are interested in attending, click here for more information.

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Registration Now Open for CJAC Public Affairs Conference - June 26-28

Posted on 05/06/2013 @ 07:00 PM

CJAC's first public affairs conference, California and the Courts, will be held June 26-28 at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. The conference will analyze the political climate in California and what impact it will have on the state's courts.

The conference will start with a welcome reception on June 26th at 5:00 P.M. and will end by 10:00 A.M. on June 28th. Dinner on the 27th and breakfast on the 28th are not included in the conference ticket price but will be made available for an additional $100.

Panels:

California Politics in 2014: A Party Perspective - Panelists: Jim Brulte and Jim DeBoo
National Trends - Panelists: Daniel Gatoff, Lake Research and Lori Weigel, Public Opinions Strategies
Food Court - Prop 65 and Food Lawsuits - Panelists: Benjamin Broderick, Theodora Oringher and Michael Steel, Morrison & Foerster
General Counsels' Perspectives - Panelists TBD

Tickets:

$199 Early Bird (Prior to May 17)
$250 Regular Ticket
$355 Room at the Montage (Per Night)

CJAC certifies that the June 27 afternoon portion of this activity has been approved for two hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form and return it to Debbie Edgar no later than June 12th so that we can reserve your spot at the conference.

You are responsible for reserving a room at the Montage (888.715.6700). Be sure to mention the "Civil Justice Association of California" when booking your room.

Interested in being a sponsor? There are two sponsorship levels. The benefits are listed below. Please contact Debbie Edgar for additional information.

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

  • Name and/or logo included on all conference materials
  • Five complimentary seats at the conference

Silver Sponsor - $2,500

  • Name and/or logo included on conference program
  • Five complimentary seats at the conference

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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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