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May 6, 1999

Bill Seeks to Deter Frivolous Year 2000 Computer Lawsuits

A bill to deter frivolous Y2K lawsuits and encourage computer system improvements will be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on May 11. The bill, AB 905 (Dutra), is a responsible approach to curbing wasteful, opportunistic litigation over the Year 2000 computer transition, according to the Civil Justice Association of California, the sponsor of the bill.

May 3, 1999

Name Change More Accurately Reflects Association Mission

The Association for California Tort Reform, the statewide advocacy group dedicated to reforming liability laws and achieving a fairer civil justice system, today announced it has changed its name to the Civil Justice Association of California.

Apr 5, 1999

Trial Lawyer Bill Would Bring Chaos To Already-Overloaded Legal System

A trial lawyer-sponsored bill designed to drive more legal disputes into court promises to drive the world of employment and consumer transactions into total disorder, according to an analysis done for the Civil Justice Association of California. The bill AB 858 (Kuehl) could, for example, eliminate everything from progress payments for home improvement projects to the ability to buy a used car “as is.”

Mar 9, 1999

Record Campaign Contributions By California Trial Lawyers Reported

California trial lawyers contributed a total of $10.3 million to California candidates and parties in statewide and legislative races in the 1997-98 election cycle, the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) reported today. Of the total, $9.8 million was contributed directly to candidates and $500,000 was given indirectly to candidates through political parties. The Association’s research last November revealed $8.6 million in direct contributions to statewide and legislative candidates. The additional $1.2 million came in the late contributions reported after the first of this year.

Mar 8, 1999

State And Federal Y2k Liability Legislation Is A Welcome Signal, Says Civil Justice Association of California

Five new Year 2000 liability bills with bi-partisan authorship are a welcome signal that the California Legislature wants to prevent plaintiff lawyer exploitation of any problems that might occur when computer systems around the state say goodbye to 1999 this December 31, according to the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC). The association also said it was significant that California Senator Dianne Feinstein has joined with Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to introduce “The Year 2000 Fairness and Responsibility Act” which has already received its first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. While no vote was taken, the testimony presented clearly outlined the need for the legislation.

Feb 16, 1999

The Civil Justice Association of California Files Briefs in Key Construction Defect Cases

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has filed amicus briefs with the California Supreme Court in two important construction-related cases that could greatly impact the construction, cost and availability of housing in the state.

Jan 28, 1999

Civil Justice Association of California Announces Legislative Appointments

The Civil Justice Association of California has announced the promotion of Barbara Wheeler to the position of Vice President-Legislation and the appointment of Jeff Sievers to the position of Legislative Advocate.

Dec 15, 1998

Excessive Civil Litigation Hurts California Students

Civil litigation in California’s public schools is costing the state school system tens of millions each year and depriving students of important education funds and opportunities, according to a study released Tuesday. The study was conducted by School Services of California - a consulting firm with clientele in every public school agency in the state - on behalf of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC).

Oct 27, 1998

Eight Million Dollars! A Tsunami of Trial Lawyer Contributions

California legislative and statewide office candidates have accepted a whopping $8 million in political contributions from plaintiffs trail lawyers. At least $4.5 million of the total has gone to candidates for statewide offices. Nearly $3.5 million has been received by legislative candidates and incumbents.

Oct 26, 1998

Trial Lawyers Pump Funds into State Attorney General Race

Attorney General candidate Bill Lockyer has received more than $1 million in political contributions from plaintiffs trial lawyers, according to the Civil Justice Association of California’s review of the latest reports filed with the Secretary of State.

Oct 19, 1998

Trial Lawyers Pump More Than $2.8 Million Into California Legislative Races

California legislative candidates and incumbents have received more than $2.8 million in political campaign contributions from plaintiff’s trial lawyers as of September 30.

Oct 16, 1998

Trial Lawyers Heap Millions onto California Statewide Candidate Races

Trial lawyer campaign contributions to candidates for California statewide offices has reached nearly $4 million in the 1997-1998 election cycle-with gubernatorial candidate Gray Davis, the largest single recipient of trial lawyer campaign funds at more than $2.4 million. Davis received approximately $77,000 from trial lawyer committees, with the vast majority of his contributions ($2,393,000) coming from individual trial lawyers and firms.

Oct 15, 1998

Daily Journal Confirms Civil Justice Association of California Research on Huge Trial Lawyer Contributions

The Daily Journal legal newspaper has reported that gubernatorial candidate Gray Davis has received “at least $1.98 million this year” in trial lawyer campaign contributions, a figure borne out by independent research by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC).

Sep 25, 1998

Legislative candidates in the Northern California area region receive $130,000 from Trial Lawyers -- So Far

California legislative candidates and incumbents in the Northern California Area region have received $130,000 in political campaign contributions from plaintiffs’ trial lawyers so far in 1998. This is only the beginning, according to the group that researched campaign contribution reports.

Sep 24, 1998

Legislative candidates in the San Francisco bay area region receive Nearly $500,000 from Trial Lawyers -- So Far

California legislative candidates and incumbents in the San Francisco Bay Area region have received $463,000 in political campaign contributions from plaintiffs’ trial lawyers so far in 1998. This is only the beginning, according to the group that researched campaign contribution reports.

Sep 23, 1998

Legislative Candidates in the San Diego area region receive more than $60,000 from Trial Lawyers -- So Far

California legislative candidates and incumbents in the San Diego Area region have received $62,000 in political campaign contributions from plaintiffs’ trial lawyers so far in 1998. This is only the beginning, according to the group that researched campaign contribution reports.

Sep 22, 1998

Legislative candidates in the Central Valley area region receive nearly $125,000 from Trial Lawyers -- So Far

California legislative candidates and incumbents in the Central Valley Area region have received $124,000 in political campaign contributions from plaintiffs’ trial lawyers so far in 1998. This is only the beginning, according to the group that researched campaign contribution reports.

Sep 21, 1998

Legislative Candidates in L.A.-Santa Barbara-Orange Region Receive Nearly $900,000 from Trial Lawyers -- So Far

California legislative candidates and incumbents in the Los Angeles-Orange-Santa Barbara region have received $873,000 in political campaign contributions from plaintiffs’ trial lawyers so far in 1998. This is only the beginning, according to the group that researched campaign contribution reports.

Sep 9, 1998

Trial Lawyers Pour $4 Million into State Campaigns

Trial lawyer campaign contributions to candidates for California state offices have already hit the $4.0 million dollar mark in the 1997-1998 election cycle. The total is expected to soar as the November elections near. Available data covers only contributions reported through June 30.

Sep 9, 1998

State Legislative Candidates Receive Nearly $2 Million From Trial Lawyers -- So Far

Trial lawyer 1998 campaign contributions to candidates for California Senate and Assembly seats reached just under the $2 million dollar mark before the June 30 reporting deadline, according to campaign reports reviewed by the Civil Justice Association of California. The total is expected to soar in the weeks before the November 3 General Election.

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