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Dec 8, 1999

California's Most Outrageous Lawsuits of the Decade

The Nineties set new highs in frivolous lawsuits, arm twisting settlements, and runaway jury awards. The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has reviewed landmark lawsuits in these categories from the past 10 years and nominates the following as California’s Most Outrageous Lawsuits of the Decade:

Nov 29, 1999

Frivolous Lawsuits Making California A Legal Laughingstock

Creative and frivolous uses of California’s “unfair competition law” are on the verge of making the state the legal laughingstock of the nation, the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) warned today.

Nov 18, 1999

Mistrial Declared in Class Action Suit Ford Motor Company

“This is a case of a defective lawsuit, not a defective product,” said John H. Sullivan, president of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC). “Lawyers who throw a scrambled mess of baseless allegations and hypothetical harms into the legal system should not be surprised when the system spits it back at them."

Nov 13, 1999

"Deep Pocket Monsters?"

The makers of Pokemon (Japanese for “pocket monster”) are finding themselves dealing with unexpected combatants as Pokemon: The First Movie rolls into theaters this week. Adults will recognize these characters as personal injury lawyers - known for filing such preposterous suits as the recent one against Nintendo, for among other things, encouraging children to gamble with Pokemon trading cards.

Sep 8, 1999

Personal Injury Lawyers Shove Self-Serving "Bad Faith" Bill Through Legislature

California personal injury attorneys managed to push a new “bad faith” bill through the Legislature last night putting Californians one step closer to a frivolous lawsuit bonanza, according to the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC).

Aug 26, 1999

Statement on Superior Court Ruling-General Motors

Today a California Superior Court judge in Los Angeles reduced an unprecedented $4.9 billion jury verdict against General Motors to $1.2 billion in a case involving a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver. The following is a statement on that decision by John H. Sullivan, President of the Civil Justice Association of California:

Aug 23, 1999

"Emotional Damage" To Stay Out of Construction Contract Disputes

In a 5-2 decision, the California Supreme Court has upheld existing law and ruled that emotional damages cannot be recovered in a construction contract dispute. The important decision reversed a Second District Court of Appeal decision in which justices by a 2-1 vote upheld a jury award for emotional distress and pain and suffering in a dispute over a residential construction contract.

Aug 13, 1999

Trial Lawyers' Seek New Tool to Force Settlements

Personal injury lawyers are asking legislators to give them a new tool to force higher settlements by using a private lawsuit to threaten to disclose companies’ trade secrets and business plans.

Aug 5, 1999

Governor Davis Urged to Veto SB 1237

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has joined a wide coalition of business, consumer, taxpayer and labor organizations known as Californians for Affordable Insurance Rates (CalFAIR) in urging Governor Davis to veto Senate Bill 1237 (Escutia, D-Montebello).

Jul 20, 1999

Duplicity On The "Consumer Activist" Front

The “height of hypocrisy” is how the Civil Justice Association of California is characterizing a protest held by personal injury lawyer-backed “consumer activists” in San Francisco today. The protest revolves around a recent meeting between Governor Davis and health plan representatives.

Jul 15, 1999

Safety Advisory Issued: Association of Trial Lawyers of America Meet in San Francisco

The Civil Justice Association of California today issued a safety advisory to residents, tourists, and business people alike to exercise special care on the streets and sidewalks of San Francisco over the next week.

Jul 8, 1999

Costly Third-Party Lawsuit Bill Passes Assembly: SB 1237 Would Raise Insurance Costs, Benefit Trial Lawyers

A bill the Civil Justice Association of California says would create “an ATM machine for personal injury lawyers” was hurriedly approved by the full Assembly today. Trial lawyer-sponsored SB 1237 (Escutia) would allow plaintiff’s attorneys to file fee-generating lawsuits directly against another person’s insurance company alleging that the company did not handle a claim quickly or generously enough.

Jul 2, 1999

Civil Justice Association of California Lauds Congressional Approval of Y2K Liability Bill

The Civil Justice Association of California today praised Congress for approving landmark legislation to limit frivolous Year 2000 computer lawsuits and urged the President to sign the bill despite personal injury lawyer protests.

Jun 11, 1999

Legislature To Consider Bill To Deter Frivolous Y2k Lawsuits

The California Legislature will consider a bill next week which presents them with their final opportunity to enact meaningful Y2K legislation before January 1, 2000, according to the Civil Justice Association of California. The bill, AB 905 (Dutra and Cunneen), which will be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 15, is a responsible approach to avoiding frivolous litigation and encouraging computer system improvements in advance of problems.

Jun 4, 1999

Bill Prohibiting Arbitration Would Devastate Employer/Employee Dispute Resolution

The ability of employers and employees to resolve disputes quickly and effectively would be destroyed by a bill passed out of the Assembly late Thursday night, reports the Civil Justice Association of California and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Assembly Bill 858 (Kuehl) seeks to prohibit employment contracts from including arbitration agreements that allow employers and employees to settle disputes without entering into costly and time consuming court battles.

May 27, 1999

Trial Lawyer Bill Passes Senate Appropriations Measure Would Expose Trade Secrets, Encourage More Lawsuits

A bill that would threaten trade secrets, spread misinformation, and clog the courts was passed out of the California State Senate Appropriations Committee today. The bill (SB 1254 - Schiff) would prohibit judges from issuing protective orders covering information that “indicates an allegation” of product defect, toxic hazards, or financial fraud.

May 14, 1999

Trial Lawyer Protective Order Bill Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

A bill to prohibit confidential protective orders in a broad range of civil lawsuits was approved by the California state Senate Judiciary Committee on May 11.

May 11, 1999

Bill To Drive More Disputes Into Costly Court Battles Passes Assembly Judiciary Committee

A huge volume of employment and consumer disputes will be driven into courtrooms and away from “alternative dispute resolution” by Assembly Bill 858 (Kuehl) approved by the California state Assembly Judiciary Committee today. This is the assessment of the Civil Justice Association of California which is opposed to the bill.

May 6, 1999

Bill To Stop Unfair Competition Law Abuse To Be Heard in Senate Judiciary Committee

A bill designed to end the on-going abuse of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) will be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee on May 11. The bill, SB 593 (Morrow) will, among other things, require that a person or persons have actually been harmed or threatened with harm for a UCL suit to be filed, according to the Civil Justice Association of California, the bill’s sponsor.

May 6, 1999

Employers Would be Subject to Unfair Lawsuits Under New Bill

A bill to let temporary employees file sexual harassment suits against a business that contracts for their services will open the door to frivolous employment litigation, according to the Civil Justice Association of California.

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