Jul 24, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.