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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.

Sep 21, 2012

Governor Signs Legislation to Further Restrict Vexatious Litigants

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2274 today, legislation sponsored by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) that will strengthen California's “vexatious litigant” statute.

Sep 19, 2012

Governor Signs Disabled Access Litigation Reform Bill Into Law

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1186 today, legislation that seeks to restrict disabled access lawyers by prohibiting pre-lawsuit settlement demand letters, reducing statutory damages under certain circumstances, restricting “stacked” claims from plaintiffs who allege the same violation multiple times, and increasing funding for certified access specialists, among other changes.

Sep 1, 2012

Statement from CJAC on Passage of Disabled Access Litigation Reform

SACRAMENTO – The California State Legislature approved Senate Bill 1186 today, legislation that seeks to restrict disabled access lawyers by prohibiting pre-lawsuit settlement demand letters, reducing statutory damages under certain circumstances, restricting “stacked” claims from plaintiffs who allege the same violation multiple times, and increasing funding for certified access specialists, among other changes.

Apr 12, 2012

Statement from CJAC President Kim Stone on Supreme Court’s Brinker Ruling

SACRAMENTO – Kim Stone, President of the Civil Justice Association of California, issued the following statement today in response to the California Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court, in which the Court held that employers must make meal and rest breaks available to their employees, but not ensure that their employees take such breaks...

Dec 15, 2011

California Ranked Second in Latest "Judicial Hellholes" Report

California has maintained its #2 ranking in the latest “Judicial Hellholes” report, released today by the American Tort Reform Foundation. The state was ranked #2 in last year’s report as well, and has been included in one form or another every year since the rankings began in 2002.

Oct 31, 2011

Study: Legal Reform in California Could Create Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

Californians could save $5.2 billion in tort costs and the state could create between 115,000 and 320,000 jobs by improving its legal environment, according to a new report released by NERA Economic Consulting.

Oct 3, 2011

CJAC Calls for Reform as Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Begins

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) is asking Californians to recognize the impact of excessive litigation in our state as Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week begins today. CJAC is renewing its call for reforming California laws that make it easier for plaintiffs’ attorneys to sue and receive unjust fee awards at the expense of our state’s businesses and public agencies.

Aug 18, 2011

CJAC Commends Supreme Court's Ruling in Medical Damages Case

Today the California Supreme Court ruled in Howell v. Hamilton Meats that a plaintiff may only collect as damages the amount that actually had to be paid by insurers for medical treatment rather than the retail rate that medical providers charge for that treatment. In its opinion the Court stated that it is not appropriate to “expand the scope of economic damages to include expenses the plaintiff never incurred.” The case stems from an incident where a Hamilton Meat truck collided with the plaintiff as she was driving.

Jun 8, 2011

CJAC Applauds Legislative Proposal Addressing Disabled Access Lawsuit Abuse

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) is strongly supporting legislation introduced this week by Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) that would provide some relief for Californians from abusive disabled access lawsuits.

May 5, 2011

Latest Survey of CEOs Finds California the Worst State to do Business in - Again

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) is calling attention to the 2011 “Best/Worst States for Business” survey released this week by Chief Executive Magazine, in which 550 CEOs participated and found California to be the worst state in the nation for business for the seventh year in a row. CJAC President Kim Stone issued the following statement.

Mar 8, 2011

CJAC Praises New Report by Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse on Job Losses

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) praised a new report released today by the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse titled “At Every Turn…California Chooses Bad Lawsuits Instead of Good Jobs.” The report details how a number of California laws relating to class actions, workplace and environmental regulations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have cost people their jobs, prevented businesses from growing, and delayed major projects indefinitely that had many jobs attached to them.

Mar 2, 2011

CJAC Asks State Supreme Court to Consider More Limited Rulings in Aftermath of ZIP Code Request Case

Kim Stone, President of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), released the following statement today encouraging the State Supreme Court to consider making certain rulings prospective only and to allow a brief period of time for parties to implement the Court’s ruling. This comes in response to the 76 lawsuits, according to public filings, that had been filed against a variety of businesses as of yesterday in the aftermath of the Court’s February 10th ruling in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma, Inc., which stated that merchants cannot request customers’ ZIP codes during transactions.

Feb 18, 2011

CJAC Announces Legislation to Limit "Vexatious Litigants"

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 603 today, legislation that would help limit unwarranted legal filings that clog the courts and needlessly cost defendants large sums of money. Senator Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, is the author of the bill, which is sponsored by CJAC.

Jan 27, 2011

CJAC Disappointed by Supreme Court Ruling in Kwikset Case

The Civil Justice Association of California expressed disappointment at the state Supreme Court’s ruling today in a case involving Proposition 64, the landmark ballot measure CJAC sponsored in 2004 that requires plaintiffs to have actually suffered some injury in order to file lawsuits under the state’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

Jan 26, 2011

CJAC Supports President's Support of Medical Malpractice Reform

Kimberly Stone, President of the Civil Justice Association of California, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s indicating support for medical malpractice reform in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

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