CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Press Releases

Jun 2, 2008

CJAC Joins Calls for Congressional Hearing Into Criminal Plaintiff-Hiring by Securities Lawyers

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today joined with the American Tort Reform Association and other legal reform organizations calling for Congress to investigate what trial lawyer’s icon Bill Lerach called an “industry practice” earlier this year.

May 27, 2008

Personal Injury Lawyers Spending Big Money to Elect Their Candidate Richard Holober

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) reported today that personal injury lawyers, other trial lawyers, and their allies have spent more than $105,000 to elect Richard Holober to the California Assembly.

May 7, 2008

Lerach gears up for prison; Washington lawmakers push to investigate trial lawyer practices

As Bill Lerach gets ready to don his prison uniform and start serving a two-year prison sentence, some Washington lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the practices of the securities class action litigation industry.

Apr 23, 2008

California's Low Ranking in New Poll of State's Legal Climates Shows Need for More Reform

Once again, California ranks as one of the 10 worst legal environments in the nation, according to Lawsuit Climate 2008: Ranking the States, an annual assessment of state liability systems released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Apr 8, 2008

AB 2947 Would Limit Californians' Right to Resolve Disputes through Arbitration

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today will voice its opposition to Assembly Bill 2947, the latest in a series of attempts to limit the right of Californians to agree to resolve their future disputes through arbitration. The bill would force people to endure the additional time and expense of a lawsuit.

Apr 4, 2008

Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) Statement on Today's California Supreme Court's Significant Product Liability Decision

“California manufacturing companies today were granted much-deserved protection against overreaching product liability lawsuits when our state’s top court unanimously ruled that companies do not have to warn experts about products the experts are trained and hired to work with,” said John H. Sullivan, CJAC President.

Mar 31, 2008

Why so Silent? Plaintiff's Attorneys' Guilty Pleas Overlooked by 'Usual Corporate Scolds'

A March 21, 2008, Wall Street Journal editorial names the growing list of plaintiff’s attorneys who have, at various times in the past year, proclaimed their innocence, agreed to plea deals and then expressed regret for their felonious actions.

Mar 31, 2008

April Fools' Day Quiz: Can You Find the Fake Lawsuit?

In honor of April Fools’ Day, here are some true examples of outrageous lawsuits. Can you find the one written as an April Fools’ Day joke?

Mar 25, 2008

Legislators Fail to Act on Significant Civil Justice Reforms

Legislators today passed up three chances to improve California’s class action law and to help remove meritless lawsuits from already-clogged courtrooms.

Mar 11, 2008

California Ranked as a "Sinner" State in New Study of Tort Liability Systems

California’s litigation climate is one of the riskiest in the United States and badly positioned for future growth, according to a new study of the 50 states’ legal systems by the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute.

Feb 26, 2008

Senate bill would deny judges the ability to protect litigants' confidentiality

A U.S. Senate bill with a sunny name should be called the “Attack on Privacy Act,” as it is a dangerous bill that would deny judges the ability to protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals and businesses involved in litigation.

Feb 13, 2008

New bill ensures class members receive their share of the settlement

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced the introduction of a bill to help judges ensure that class action settlement money reaches the pockets of the people supposed to receive it.

Feb 12, 2008

Bill would allow both sides opportunity to appeal class certification

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced the introduction of a bill that will allow both sides in a class action lawsuit to appeal a judge’s initial decision to formally “certify” a class of plaintiffs and allow a lawsuit to proceed.

Feb 8, 2008

New bill gives courts power to slash frivolous claims from lawsuits

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced the introduction of a bill that aims to derail frivolous claims in an otherwise legitimate lawsuit.

Feb 6, 2008

CJAC statement on the failure of Proposition 93

John H. Sullivan, president of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today released a statement on the failure of Proposition 93.

Jan 29, 2008

He saw it coming: Tom Campbell key player in Silicon Valley legal justice reform

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced it is honoring Thomas J. Campbell for his persistent work to improve the nation’s civil justice system as the association commemorates the 20th anniversary of its merger with a historic Silicon Valley legal reform group.

Jan 28, 2008

CJAC hires Cynthia Neff as Director of Communications and Research

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) announced that Cynthia Neff has been hired as the association’s new Director of Communications and Research.

Jan 25, 2008

Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian Honored with Civil Justice Leadership Award

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced that State Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian (26th District) is a recipient of the Civil Justice Leadership Award for his work in the 2006-2007 legislative session.

Dec 18, 2007

Litigation Potholes Abound in California

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today commented on the American Tort Reform Association’s national report “Judicial Hellholes 2007” released this morning in Washington, D.C.

Nov 28, 2007

Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani Honored with Civil Justice Leadership Award

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced that Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani (17th District) is a recipient of the Civil Justice Leadership Award for her work in the 2006-2007 legislative session.

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