CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

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. California has been included in the report every year in some form since it was first issued in 2002, but this is the first time California has been ranked #1. This year’s report focuses on how California attracts class action and asbestos lawsuits, allows for exploitative disabled access lawsuits and fraudulent slip-and-fall cases, decimates the court system through budget cuts, all while the plaintiffs’ bar relentlessly tries to overturn the state’s reasonable limitations on damages in medical cases. Kim Stone, President of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), issued the following statement in response:

“While we have had recent success in preventing the plaintiffs’ bar from creating new and more lucrative ways to sue, the fact that businesses view California as the worst legal environment in the nation tells us that other jurisdictions are making improvements and that California can’t afford to just stay the same. Meritless lawsuits clog our overburdened and underfunded court system, making it harder for truly injured people with valid cases to get their day in court.

“California has repeatedly enacted complex, confusing laws and empowered plaintiffs’ lawyers to enforce them, which has allowed some to make a living off of ‘gotcha’ lawsuits. The current system too often allows lawyers to make money even when nobody has been harmed and even when the defendant has done nothing wrong because it is typically cheaper to just reach a settlement than to fight in court. That’s not the kind of justice system we want.”

The full report can be found here.

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