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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.

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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.

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Election Wrap-Up

Posted on 11/09/2012 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Legislature, Legal Climate, Legal Reform

With election day behind us, here is an update on where we stand with ballot measures and state legislative races. While it is important to note that over three million ballots statewide have not yet been processed, many important contests have been decided.

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FACT Act Will Create More Transparency Around Asbestos Trusts

By Todd Roberson on 07/10/2012 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Legal Reform

CJAC is urging support for the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act of 2012 (FACT Act), which has been introduced in the U.S. Senate as S. 3076 and the House of Representatives as H.R. 4369.

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Day at the Capitol a Great Success!

By Todd Roberson on 04/27/2012 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: Legislature, Legal Reform

This past Tuesday we held our 2nd annual "Day at the Capitol" with the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. Thanks to months of preparation by CJAC and CALA staff we had great turnout and excellent programs!

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Agencies to Meet with Business Coalition on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Reforms

By Todd Roberson on 04/05/2012 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: Legal Reform

We have a positive development in the push for reform of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to report. The agencies that enforce the FCPA have agreed to a meeting with business representatives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform in response to pressures from Congress for the administration to respond to growing calls for reform.

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Judge Tosses FCPA Conviction of California Company As Battle for Reform Continues

By Todd Roberson on 12/02/2011 @ 10:48 PM

Tags: Legal Climate, Legal reform

There was some interesting news regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) this week as a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed the Department of Justice's first-ever conviction of a corporation under FCPA due to "flagrant" misconduct and "reckless" disregard to comply with its duties. The defendant was Lindsey Manufacturing, an Azusa, CA-based company that makes emergency electricity towers.

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New CALA Report Summarizes Frustrations of Local Leaders and Small Businesses

By Todd Roberson on 11/17/2011 @ 10:48 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act, Frivolous Lawsuits, Legal Climate, Legal Reform

This week the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) released a new report summarizing the roundtable discussions they held across the state in which they brought together local elected officials, community leaders and business owners to share different perspectives about how excessive litigation is hurting California and what can be done to stop it.

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NYC's Top Lawyer: "Anti-Government" Tort Laws Costing Too Much

By Todd Roberson on 09/27/2011 @ 11:48 PM

Tags: Legal Reform, Legal Climate

Last Thursday New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, the top lawyer for the city, highlighted the impact that lawsuit abuse has on local government and called for New York tort laws to be changed "to even the playing field." New York City paid out $561 million in tort and related cases in the 2011 fiscal year.

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More on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

By Todd Roberson on 09/20/2011 @ 11:48 PM

Tags: Legal climate, Legal reform

Recently we blogged about the need for reforming the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). We'd like to share an editorial written by The Economist magazine last week that also points out the flaws in the FCPA and how Britain was able to craft a law that works better.

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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Time for Reform

By Todd Roberson on 08/31/2011 @ 11:55 PM

Tags: Legal Climate, Legal Reform

In 1977, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was approved by Congress and signed into law to prevent companies from bribing foreign officials to receive new or continuing business from those officials' countries- a noble enough goal. However, over time, the vagueness of the law and a broad interpretation by the U.S. Department of Justice, which enforces FCPA and pursues damages from violators, has made American businesses that operate in other countries vulnerable to charges that go beyond the intent of the original FCPA. For instance, a company can be held liable for the actions of a rogue employee or subsidiary. It also unclear who exactly qualifies as a "foreign official."

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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:

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