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CJAC Remains Perfect as Bills Head to Governor's Desk

Posted on 01/30/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Legislature

With the close of the legislative season, we are pleased to report that 34 of the 34 bills we opposed at the start of the session have already been stopped or adequately amended. Additionally, we have nine supported bills awaiting the Governor's approval.

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Lots of Wins As Legislative Year Reaches Halfway Point

Posted on 06/03/2013 @ 07:00 PM

Tags: Legislature

We have reached the halfway point of the legislative year and we are pleased to report that 21 of the 31 bills we opposed at the start of the session have already been stopped or adequately amended.

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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: Part 2

Posted on 12/03/2012 @ 03:00 PM

Tags: Legislature

In our previous election wrap-up we noted there were over three million uncounted absentee and provisional ballots statewide. Sure enough, those ballots ended up playing a pivotal role in a couple state legislative races and the election turned out even better for Democrats than initially thought.

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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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CJAC Applauds Governor's Actions

Posted on 10/01/2012 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Legislature, Americans with Disabilities Act, Legal Climate

Governor Jerry Brown had until midnight last night to sign or veto all the bills remaining on his desk, and we are happy to report that the results were great for CJAC.

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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.

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End of Session Recap: Plaintiffs' Lawyers #1 Priority Killed, ADA reform on Gov's Desk

By Todd Roberson on 09/04/2012 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Legislature

We are excited to report that two CJAC-supported bills (a substantive ADA litigation reform bill - SB 1186 - and a CJAC-sponsored bill targeting vexatious litigants - AB 2274), are on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature!

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Legislature Returns for Final Month of Session

By Todd Roberson on 08/08/2012 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Legislature

On Monday the Legislature reconvened to finish the work of the 2011-12 session. Lawmakers will be considering hundreds of bills prior to the August 31st deadline, and here are a few of the hot issues that CJAC will be focused on over the next few weeks...

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Recap of a Very Busy Day in the Judiciary Committees

By Todd Roberson on 05/08/2012 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: Legislature

There was a lot of action in both the Assembly Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee hearings today, which included lengthy discussion of ADA lawsuits and how to stop those who are exploiting the law for financial gain.

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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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Plaintiffs' Lawyers Aim to Overturn Supreme Court Ruling on Medical Damages

By Todd Roberson on 02/27/2012 @ 02:00 PM

Tags: Legislature, Plaintiffs Lawyers

As expected, a plaintiffs' lawyer-backed bill to undo last year's California Supreme Court ruling in Howell v. Hamilton Meats has been introduced by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

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Civil Justice Leadership Award Luncheons: Part 2

By Todd Roberson on 12/13/2011 @ 10:48 PM

Tags: Legislature

Last week CJAC held its final two Civil Justice Leadership Award luncheons after presenting our first two awards the week prior. On Wednesday, December 7th, we headed to Tustin in Orange County to present an award to Assemblymember Don Wagner (R-Irvine), who represents the 70th Assembly District. As mentioned previously, Wagner received the award for being a consistent, strong voice for civil justice reform as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which hears hundreds of bills each year that impact the civil justice system.

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Civil Justice Leadership Awards Luncheons Begin

By Todd Roberson on 12/01/2011 @ 10:48 PM

Tags: Legislature

This week CJAC held its first two luncheons to present our 2011 Civil Justice Leadership Awards. On Tuesday we presented an award to Senator Lou Correa in Anaheim with over 30 guests in attendance (Correa is pictured here with CJAC Legislative Director Katherine Pettibone on the left and President Kim Stone on the right.) IMG_5642.JPGHe received the award for being a strong ally against legislation that would increase unwarranted lawsuits and for authoring SB 883, which unfortunately did not pass but would have established immunity for employers who rely in good faith on the rules of the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement.

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2011 Civil Justice Leadership Awards

By Todd Roberson on 11/03/2011 @ 11:48 PM

Tags: Legislature

We are excited to announce that we have selected the recipients of our 2011 Civil Justice Leadership Awards. We are extremely appreciative of these legislators' efforts to reduce excessive litigation in California and will be giving them their awards at luncheons in each of their districts. The dates are below and if you or someone from your organization would like to attend please contact Marie Ortega at 916-443-4900 or mortega@cjac.org for more information.

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Governor Derails Plaintiffs' Attorneys Agenda

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

Tags: Legal Climate, Legislature, Plaintiffs Lawyers

Governor Jerry Brown had until the end of Sunday to sign or veto bills introduced this year in the Legislature, and so we've now come to the end of the first year of the two-year legislative cycle. With a new Democratic Administration at the helm going into 2011, there was great uncertainty over what this Legislature and Governor would do after six years of a Republican Administration.

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Expansion of 9-1-1 Liability Protection Signed into Law

By Todd Roberson on 09/21/2011 @ 11:48 PM

Tags: Legislature

We are pleased to announce that Assembly Bill 1074, authored by Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles), was signed into law today by Governor Brown. CJAC has supported the bill since its introduction this year, as it would provide non-traditional communication providers the same civil liability protection given to traditional telephone companies in providing 9-1-1 support services. Current law protects phone companies from ordinary negligence claims when providing service for 9-1-1 calls originating from landlines, but 9-1-1 calls made through the Internet or digital technology do not have the same civil liability protections.

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End of Legislative Session Recap: Many Successes, Work Still To Do

By Todd Roberson on 09/12/2011 @ 11:48 PM

Tags: Legal Climate, Legislature

The California Legislature wrapped up its 2011 session in the very early hours of Saturday morning. Supporters of civil justice reform will be pleased to know that CJAC had a great deal of success this year.

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Trial Lawyer-Backed Health Care Regulation Bill Dead For The Year

By Kim Stone on 09/01/2011 @ 11:48 PM

Tags: Legal Climate, Legislature, Plaintiffs Lawyers

Yesterday Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) announced that he would not be moving forward with Assembly Bill 52 this year due to a lack of support in the State Senate. We are extremely pleased that legislators have recognized the major flaws of this proposal.

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