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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.

Jan 11, 2010

Congressional Budget Office’s Report Said Reforms Implemented Nationwide Would Reduce Deficit by Billions

Jeffrey Lowe’s column, “Tort Reform ‘Savings’ Ring Hallow” (Dec. 30, 2009) on tort reform and the federal health care proposal was remarkable — for what it left out.

Sep 16, 2009

Rescission Bill Has Fatal Flaw

The Sacramento Bee

Re “Insurance bill sent to governor” (Capitol & California, Sept. 11): The Bee’s coverage of the Legislature’s approval of a health care insurance rescission bill failed to describe the “litigation-sparking” amendments that undercut the bill’s reasonable goals - and the fact that they were stuck in by a major behind-the-scenes player in the legislation: the personal injury lawyers.

Jun 4, 2009

Prop. 64: A rebuttal

San Francisco Chronicle

The attack by personal injury lawyers on Proposition 64’s legal reform (“Consumers win with high court’s Prop. 64 decision,” Open Forum, June 1) doesn’t tell readers why the 2004 initiative was necessary.

Jun 3, 2009

Prognosis Guarded

California Lawyer

“Coverage in Tatters” [February] was a detailed review of litigation over health care contract rescissions, but its brief look at the proposed legislation (AB 1945) to reduce the need for such litigation did not fairly describe events surrounding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of the bill.

Apr 30, 2009

AB 298 Opponent Received Thousands of Dollars from Plaintiffs' Lawyers

San Francisco Chronicle

In his rambling criticism of a bill (AB 298 - Tran) to balance class action law, Richard Holober should have revealed the money he’s received from personal injury and other plaintiffs lawyers opposing the measure. Last year they gave him more than $80,000 and spent another $113,000 trying unsuccessfully to get him into the Legislature.

Apr 20, 2009

In Today's Economy, Focus on Promoting Increased Investment in California

The Sacramento Bee

In today’s economy, the jobs-fleeing-the-state debate should be shelved.

Jan 15, 2009

Senate Bill 1608: A Valid Step Toward Reducing Predatory Lawsuits

The Sacramento Bee

As an organization long concerned with exploitive litigation of the kind going on under the national Americans with Disabilities Act combined with the state’s Unruh Act, the Civil Justice Association of California supported Senators Ellen Corbett’s and Tom Harman’s bill, Senate Bill 1608, as a valid step toward curing the problem. The Sacramento Bee’s January 6 article reported on the hundreds of lawsuits filed by attorney Scott Norris Johnson. The Carmichael lawyer is the kind of repeat plaintiff that the bill’s bi-partisan supporters had in mind when crafting legislation aimed at reducing predatory lawsuits against hundreds of California businesses while increasing access for disabled people.

Dec 1, 2008

Rewriting Proposition 64 Would Be a Step Backward

The Daily Journal legal newspaper

The fourth anniversary of Proposition 64’s enactment by California voters is a little early to be casting a revisionist theory over its origin and intent.

Oct 6, 2008

Abandoning the sick

Your complaint of the Governor’s veto of AB 1945 (De La Torre) would be understandable if the bill sent to him had been a workable requirement of state review before an insurer could deny or rescind an individual customer’s health care coverage. The bill started that way. But the review process was corrupted when the plaintiffs’ lawyer lobby inserted hostile amendments to drive reviews into the courts.

Sep 8, 2008

In Any Contingency

Aug 29, 2008

Trial Lawyers Attempt to Hijack Health Care Bill

Los Angeles Times

Aug 23, 2008

Parra is courageous

The Bakersfield Californian

Your recent editorial about Assemblywoman Nicole Parra (“Ouch: Parra shown the door,”) asked, “Where was her political courage for the past six years?” Consider the following...

Feb 22, 2008

Lerach is disgraced, not defamed

San Francisco Daily Journal

Feb 14, 2008

Write an Op-Ed, Get Out of Jail

Even more remarkable than Bill Lerach’s failure, in a spate of post-guilty plea op-eds, to owe up to his responsibility for plaintiff kickback felonies (“Lerach Gets Two” editorial, Feb. 12 ) is the attempt to convert those opinion pieces to sentence-reduction currency. Under a “Lerach’s Continuing Value to His Community” heading in his 50-plus page leniency sentencing memorandum, is an assertion that his “recently authored opinion pieces published in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Sun Telegraph” are evidence of his continued “fighting to protect ordinary people….”

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