CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

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Stay current on the civil justice debate in California and the rest of the nation. View news stories, press releases, reports, and see how trial lawyers are spending their money to influence legislators.

Latest CJAC Newsroom Updates

Aug 2, 2013

MICRA Initiative Will Raise Health Care Costs

Recently, a trial-lawyer backed campaign to weaken California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act followed through on its threat to file a ballot measure, desperately hoping California voters can be fooled into raising MICRA's limit on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.

Jul 24, 2013

Trial Lawyer-Backed Ballot Initiative Submitted to Raise MICRA Cap

SACRAMENTO – A ballot initiative that would dramatically weaken California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) was submitted for title and summary today with the California Attorney General’s office.

Jun 11, 2013

Statement from CJAC on Courts Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a state budget for 2013-14 that provides an additional $63 million for the state’s court system.

May 24, 2013

Viewpoint: As Economy Improves, Courts Should Get Fair Share

Advocates for California's court system whose hopes for increased funding have been rising in conjunction with the state's tax revenues were let down again when Governor Jerry Brown released his May revise budget proposal last week.

May 21, 2013

Governor Wise to Address Prop. 65’s Flaws

Governor Jerry Brown has shown a growing interest in reforming laws that are leading to abusive litigation in California.

Latest CJAC Press Releases

Jul 24, 2013

Trial Lawyer-Backed Ballot Initiative Submitted to Raise MICRA Cap

SACRAMENTO – A ballot initiative that would dramatically weaken California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) was submitted for title and summary today with the California Attorney General’s office.

Jun 11, 2013

Statement from CJAC on Courts Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a state budget for 2013-14 that provides an additional $63 million for the state’s court system.

May 7, 2013

CJAC Praises Governor Brown’s Effort to Reform Prop. 65

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown proposed reforms to Proposition 65 today, an initiative approved in 1986 that requires businesses to warn the public of exposure to toxic substances and which the Brown Administration says “has been abused by some unscrupulous lawyers driven by profit rather than public health.”

Mar 13, 2013

Lawsuit Abuse Victims, Legal Reform Advocates Announce Support For AB 227 to Stop Shakedown Prop. 65 Lawsuits

SACRAMENTO - The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), and victims of abusive Proposition 65 lawsuits convened at the State Capitol today to announce their support for AB 227, authored by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank).

Dec 13, 2012

California Named Worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the Nation

SACRAMENTO – California was named the #1 “judicial hellhole” in America today by the American Tort Reform Foundation in its 11th annual Judicial Hellholes report.

Recent Op-Eds

Aug 2, 2013

MICRA Initiative Will Raise Health Care Costs

Recently, a trial-lawyer backed campaign to weaken California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act followed through on its threat to file a ballot measure, desperately hoping California voters can be fooled into raising MICRA's limit on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.

May 24, 2013

Viewpoint: As Economy Improves, Courts Should Get Fair Share

Advocates for California's court system whose hopes for increased funding have been rising in conjunction with the state's tax revenues were let down again when Governor Jerry Brown released his May revise budget proposal last week.

May 21, 2013

Governor Wise to Address Prop. 65’s Flaws

Governor Jerry Brown has shown a growing interest in reforming laws that are leading to abusive litigation in California.

Mar 27, 2013

Prop. 65 Reform Needed to End 'Absurdly Easy' Lawsuits

How many times per day do you think you see the warning that a product or facility “contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm”?

Dec 21, 2012

Viewpoint: It's Time to Take California Back From the Plaintiffs Lawyers

Recently, California received the dubious distinction of being named the No. 1 "judicial hellhole" in America, just the latest of many reports released in recent years showing the state's legal system ranked at or near the bottom of the nation.

Letters to the Editor

May 2, 2013

Is 'Right to Know' really 'Right to Sue'?

Troy Wolverton's column ("Your privacy under attack on two fronts," Page 1D, April 29), does not give enough consideration to the litigation that would result from AB 1291.

Jun 28, 2012

Fancy arguments won't avoid conflicts with Concepcion

Brian Kabateck and Scott Malzahn overlook the benefits of arbitration and ignore the inherent conflict between SB 491 and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Concepcion ruling in their op-ed “SB 491: Protecting Consumers’ Right to Join Together” (June 25, 2012). Arbitration is a fair, efficient, cost-effective method of resolving disputes.

Mar 5, 2012

AB 1208 Erodes or Reverses Gains in Court Unification

In response to Emily Green’s well done summary of the debate over Assembly Bill 1208 (“Courts bill would shift power but to whom?” – Feb 21st), the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) must emphasize a few points about this legislation.

Aug 11, 2010

Congress Should Delete Lawyer-Driven Scheme on Damage Cap

In its plan to make offshore oil drilling safer Congress should delete the lawyer-driven scheme to eliminate the damage liability cap it established in 1990. Destroying the cap would inspire lawsuits that would direct millions of dollars away from people whose livelihood was disrupted by the Deepwater Horizon spill. Instead, the money would go into the pockets of plaintiffs’ lawyers. The cost risks of future drilling would increase because with no liability limit, smaller independent oil producers may find that insurance to cover accidents is unaffordable.

Mar 25, 2010

Asbestos Lawyers California Bound

Out here in California we see fraud-convicted Mississippi asbestos lawyers (“Asbestos Turnabout,” Review & Outlook, March 18) William Guy and Thomas Brock simply guilty of bad timing and picking the wrong state to double-dip for damages.

Recent Reports

Jan 29, 2013

Physicians Spend Nearly 11 Percent Of Their 40-Year Careers With An Open, Unresolved Malpractice Claim

A study published in Health Affairs found that the average physician spends 50.7 months—nearly 11 percent—of an assumed forty-year career with an unresolved, open malpractice claim.

Dec 13, 2012

California Replaces Reforming Philly atop "Judicial Hellholes" List

California was named the #1 “judicial hellhole” in America by the American Tort Reform Foundation in its 11th annual Judicial Hellholes report.

Apr 16, 2012

Bounty Hunters and the Public Interest - A Study of California's Proposition 65

A report written by Chapman University Law Professor Anthony Caso examines the "bounty hunter" provision of California's Proposition 65, an initiative approved by voters in 1986.

Feb 14, 2012

Defensive Orthopedic Medicine Costs U.S. $2 billion Annually

A study conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers estimates that approximately $2 billion per year in unnecessary health care costs result from the practice of defensive medicine by U.S. orthopedic surgeons.

Sep 28, 2011

76% of Docs Provide Unneeded Care For Fear of Lawsuits

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine highlights one troubling cause of rising healthcare costs: doctors providing more medical care than is necessary because they fear malpractice lawsuits.

Recent Research

Oct 8, 2010

RAND Study Examines Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts

Over time, many companies with significant asbestos-related liabilities have filed for bankruptcy, and payments by trusts set up by bankruptcy courts have played an increasingly important role in the compensation of asbestos-related injuries. While the role of trusts in providing compensation to asbestos claimants has grown, information about the operating procedures and activities of these trusts is not readily available in a convenient form.

Oct 20, 2008

Local Government Liability: A Major Cost and Exposure

If there was any doubt that civil liability is costing local governments big money, it was removed by a study just released by School Services of California, Inc. The respected school consulting group surveyed 650 K-12 school districts representing more than half the students in the state and found that the price tag on defending, insuring, and paying tort and other liability claims is running $80 million annually.

Apr 8, 2003

Unequal Protection: Children and Attorney's Fees

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) released this study which looked at the contingency fee policies of all the state’s 58 counties related to cases where the Plaintiffs are minors.

Jan 1, 2002

Final Report of Campaign Contributions to the California Judiciary 1997-2000

In April 1998 the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) published A Study of Campaign Contributions to the California Judiciary, its first comprehensive examination of contributions to candidates for California’s judiciary. The study documented the source of campaign contributions to candidates running for various Superior Court seats. The original study examined four California counties (Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco) during the period of 1993 to 1996. This update to the original study examines the same four counties during the period 1997 to 2000.

Trial Lawyer Research

During the past decade, CJAC has tracked donations from plaintiffs' lawyers through the California Secretary of State’s web site and made the results public.

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