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Survey on Lawsuit Abuse Shows Voters Want Reform

By Kim Stone on 08/24/2011 @ 11:48 PM

Tags: Legal Climate, Legal Reform

Our friends with the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse released a survey yesterday showing that California voters believe lawsuits are hurting our struggling economy, and that voters are more likely to vote for candidates that support legal reform. Some of the highlights of the survey are:

  • 2/3 of California voters believe that the number of lawsuits filed against businesses or public entities in California has hurt the state's economy.
  • More than 40% of voters have seen services in their community reduced and public places closed or restricted due to lawsuits or the threat of lawsuits.
  • 42% of voters believe personal injury lawyers benefit most from lawsuits, while only 4% believe injured people benefit most.
  • 74% of voters believe that enacting lawsuit reform is an important part of improving California's business environment and attracting and keeping jobs.
  • 2/3 of voters are likely to support a candidate who supports lawsuit reform as a way to create a better business environment in California.

The message is clear: voters are recognizing the impact of lawsuit abuse, particularly in an ailing economy, and they want elected officials to do something about it.

For more information on the survey, go to CALA's website here and read the summary here.

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