CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Press Releases

May 22, 1996

Deceptive Attorney Contingency Fee Initiative Opposed by Leading Legal Reform Group

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced its opposition to a November ballot measure that would prevent the Legislature from controlling excessive attorney contingency fees. The measure, sponsored by California trial lawyers, would permit the Legislature to increase attorney’s fees, but prohibit lawmakers from reducing them.

May 20, 1996

Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down Excessive Punitive Damage Award Applauded

Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) President John H. Sullivan issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court Decision striking down as “grossly excessive” a $2 million punitive damages award won by an Alabama doctor dissatisfied with the paint job on his BMW automobile:

May 9, 1996

Lawsuit Reforms Win Key Legislative Support

The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed major legal reform bills yesterday, sending a strong message that California’s liability laws need need a major overhaul.

May 3, 1996

Lawsuit Reform Moves Ahed in Michigan and Louisiana: California's Proposals Await Legislative Action

Lawsuit reform ahs recently advanced inMichigan and Louisiana, but California has more work to do to get its own liability laws under control if it wants to ensure a strong economic future, the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) said today.

Apr 19, 1996

Governor and Leadership Announce Conference Committee to Discuss Legal Reform Issues

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today commended Governor Wilson and the Legislative leadership for giving legal reform high priority by announcing that they will hold a separate conference committee on tort liability issues.

Apr 17, 1996

New State Initiative to Undercut Federal Securities Reforms Scheduled to Be Filed Today

“The ballot proposition launched by securities trial lawyer Bill Lerach is nothing more than his attempt to undercut a new federal law that hamstrings his litigation business,” said John H. Sullivan, president of the Civil Justice Association of California. “His scheme has already been rejected by the nation’s top legislative body—the United States Congress.”

Feb 27, 1996

New Evidence of Lawyer Misuse of Punitive Damages

A recent study provides new evidence that lawyers are using demands for punitive damages to extort higher settlements rather than reserving them for cases of serious wrongdoing. The study found that more than a third of the tort and contract lawsuits filed against local governments and businesses include demands for punitive damages.

Feb 15, 1996

Legal Reform Brings Remarkable Recovery to Stockton-area General Aviation

General aviation in Stockton has enjoyed a happy landing from the terrors of sky-high litigation that only a few years ago was nearly grounding the entire industry.

Feb 15, 1996

Legal Reform Brings Remarkable Recovery to San Jose-area General Aviation

General aviation in San Jose has enjoyed a happy landing from the terrors of sky-high litigation that only a few years ago was naerly grounding the entire industry.

Feb 15, 1996

Legal Reform Brings Remarkable Recovery to San Francisco-area General Aviation

General aviation in San Francisco has enjoyed a happy landing from the terrors of sky-high litigation that only a few years ago was nearly grounding the entire industry.

Feb 15, 1996

Legal Reform Brings Remarkable Recovery to San Diego-area General Aviation

General aviation in San Diego has enjoyed a happy landing from the terrors of sky-high litigation that only a few years ago was nearly grounding the entire industry.

Feb 15, 1996

Legal Reform Brings Remarkable Recovery to Los Angeles-area General Aviation

General aviation in Los Angeles has enjoyed a happy landing from the terrors of sky-high litigation that only a few years ago was nearly grounding the entire industry.

Feb 15, 1996

Legal Reform Brings Remarkable Recovery to Sacramento-area General Aviation

General aviation in Sacramento has enjoyed a happy landing from the terrors of sky-high litigation that only a few years ago was nearly grounding the entire industry.

Feb 15, 1996

Legal Reform Brings Remarkable Recovery to Fresno-area General Aviation

General aviation in Fresno has enjoyed a happy landing from the terrors of sky- high litigation that only a few years ago was nearly grounding the entire industry.

Jan 17, 1996

Winter Brings Snow and Lawsuits to California's Ski Resorts

Winter has brought new snow to California’s ski resorts, but with the snow comes an inevitable flurry of the lawsuits that increasingly accompany high risk activities like skiing and snow boarding.

Nov 21, 1995

Trial Lawyers Back Anti-Jobs Initiative

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today issued a consumer alert about petitions aimed at putting an initiative on the November, 1996 ballot. The ballot proposal would tear down legal restraints against frivolous securities lawsuits.

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