CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

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Feb 25, 2009

Simple Fix Would Help Insurers, Lawyers Settle Claims Faster

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced the introduction of a bill that will carve out a piece of lawsuit bureaucracy and help to facilitate settlements.

Feb 19, 2009

Civil Justice Association of California Commends Speaker Bass for Forming New Task Force to Assist in Economic Recovery

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today commended Assembly Speaker Karen Bass for her creation of a task force to quickly find strategies to spur the state’s economic recovery.

Feb 17, 2009

One Step on the Path to Economic Recovery: Fixing California’s Class Action Law

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today urged all legislators working for California’s economic recovery to join in support of a proposal to bring balance to the state’s class action law and send a message that California is becoming more hospitable to companies that would like to remain and expand here.

Jan 23, 2009

Supreme Court Denies Review in Conte v. Wyeth: Decision Exposes Manufacturers to Lawsuits for Products They Didn’t Make

Today, January 22, 2009, the California Supreme Court announced its decision not to review the case holding drug maker Wyeth liable for injuries to a patient who took a generic version of a drug that Wyeth pioneered but didn’t sell to her.

Dec 23, 2008

Simple Statutory Changes in Civil Justice Area Will Help Speed California’s Economic Recovery

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) on Monday sent a letter and four “Economic Recovery Amendments” to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (please see letter and attachment, below). The same letter and proposals were sent to Legislative leaders.

Dec 1, 2008

CJAC Launches New Web Site and Civil Justice Leadership Blog

You’ll want to pay closer attention this site starting today!

Oct 31, 2008

Personal Injury Lawyer Contributions Top $3.1 Million So Far in 2007-08 Election Cycle

Personal injury and other plaintiffs’ lawyers have spent more than $1.1 million so far this election cycle to elect Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19), and Marty Block (AD-78), according to new research released by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC).

Oct 27, 2008

Plaintiffs' Lawyers Spend $450,000 to Elect Marty Block

Personal injury and other plaintiff’s lawyers have spent at least $450,000 so far to elect legislative candidate Marty Block in the 78th Assembly District, according to new research released by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC).

Oct 27, 2008

Plaintiffs' Lawyers Spend More Than Half a Million to Elect Their Candidate Hannah-Beth Jackson

Personal injury and other plaintiff’s lawyers have spent $573,000 so far to elect legislative candidate Hannah-Beth Jackson in the 19th Senate District, according to new research released by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC).

Oct 15, 2008

Assemblyman Anthony Adams Honored with Civil Justice Leadership Award

Assemblyman Anthony Adams (59th District) will be honored on Thursday, October 16, by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) for his leadership during the 2007-08 legislative session.

Oct 7, 2008

Assemblywoman Anna Caballero Honored with Civil Justice Leadership Award

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) will on Wednesday, Oct. 8, honor State Assemblywoman Anna M. Caballero (28th District) with a Civil Justice Leadership Award for her work in the 2007-08 legislative session.

Oct 6, 2008

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Highlights Negative Effects of Lawsuits to Consumers, Businesses, and Taxpayers

The California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) has mobilized this week to draw attention to the negative effects of unwarranted and meritless litigation.

Oct 2, 2008

Assemblyman Roger Niello Honored for Commitment to Balance and Fairness in the Civil Justice System

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) on Friday, October 3, will honor California Assemblyman Roger Niello (5th District) with a Civil Justice Leadership Award for his work during the 2007-08 legislative session.

Oct 1, 2008

Governor's Vetoes Protect Justice System from Plaintiffs' Lawyers; Signatures Boost Emergency Response and Disability Access

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today applauded Governor Schwarzenegger for standing up to personal injury and other plaintiffs’ lawyers by vetoing bills that would have increased their business but would not benefit consumers, businesses, or taxpayers.

Sep 30, 2008

Governor Blocks Personal Injury Lawyers' Health Plan Lawsuit Scheme

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today applauded Gov. Schwarzenegger’s decision to veto an Assembly Bill (AB 1945-De La Torre), which would have undercut a plan to protect consumers from unfair health coverage cancellations and driven more cases into the clutches of contingency fee lawyers.

Aug 4, 2008

Federal Bill Would Increase Court Costs, Burden Courts, and Threaten Privacy Issues

The Judicial Conference of the United States formally opposes a personal injury lawyer-sponsored bill designed to deny judges the discretion to protect the privacy of individuals and businesses in litigation.

Jul 8, 2008

Welcome News in ADA Ruling; CJAC Statement on Molski v. Arciero Wine Group

“The appellate court’s ruling in favor of the Arciero Wine Group brings the welcome news that there is at least some limit on blatantly overreaching, shakedown lawsuits manipulating well-intended disability access laws,” CJAC President John H. Sullivan said Tuesday, July 8. “As the decision notes, the plaintiff, Jarek Molski, was never personally deterred by any winery access problems and the deficiencies he noticed were fixed following his earlier lawsuit. Yet he proceeded with another suit in what the court correctly called a ‘scorched earth strategy’ filed ‘notwithstanding completed remediation.’

Jun 25, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court Again Reins in Punitive Damages

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker is an important opinion with significant language about the need to rein in punitive damages,” Fred J. Hiestand, CJAC’s general counsel, said Wednesday, June 25.

Jun 18, 2008

Not Street's Fault -- How About the 120 mph Driver?

A woman riding in a vehicle that was traveling up to 120 mph on a city thoroughfare before it crashed into another car failed in her attempt to blame the city for her injuries, the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed in a June 12 ruling.

Jun 3, 2008

Personal Injury Lawyer Contributions Top $2.2 million in 2007-08 Election Cycle

Personal injury lawyers, their firms, and their independent expenditure committees have so far spent $2.2 million in the 2007-08 election cycle, most of it in hotly contested Senate and Assembly races in today’s Primary Election.

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