Oct 29, 2007
A review of class action lawsuits filed in California courts over the past three years shows that the state is still a happy hunting ground for class action lawyers, despite the 2005 federal class action reforms designed to move many national class action cases into federal courts.
Oct 26, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California applauded Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for wielding his bill-signing pen to strengthen the state’s courts and to block attempts to raise Californian’s insurance costs and harm the state’s job-producing economy.
Oct 9, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California today congratulated the City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District for standing their ground and not only defeating a junk science lawsuit filed by the Erin Brockovich law firm, but winning nearly half a million dollars from the personal injury lawyers involved to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of defending the lawsuit.
Oct 5, 2007
“All Californians who buy liability insurance should thank Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for protecting them against increased costs that would have resulted from the personal injury lawyers’ bill designed to inflate their contingency fees,” said John H. Sullivan, President of the Civil Justice Association of California.
Sep 14, 2007
John H. Sullivan, President of the Civil Justice Association of California, issued the following statement in response to Bill Lerach’s guilty plea based on paying kickbacks to hired plaintiffs in class action lawsuits:
Sep 12, 2007
Governor Schwarzenegger should protect consumers by again vetoing the personal injury lawyers attempt to inflate their fees, the Civil Justice Association of California said today of the personal injury lawyers’ latest sneak attack on the California Legislature.
Sep 7, 2007
Californians will see their insurance costs go up while personal injury lawyers walk away with even more money for their limos, yachts, and personal aircraft. That’s the prediction by the Civil Justice Association of California if the personal injury lawyers’ latest sneak attack (SB 93 - Corbett) on the California Legislature becomes law.
Jul 19, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California has filed a ballot initiative proposal to bring balance to California’s pro-plaintiff lawyer class action law. The measure targets speculative lawsuits designed to leverage big dollar settlements based on dubious claims against companies doing business in California. Entitled the California Class Action Lawsuit Fairness Act, the proposal is moving on a schedule that could place it on the June 2008 statewide ballot.
Jun 29, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) honored Assemblyman Todd Spitzer (71st District) today with the Civil Justice Leadership Award for his leadership and strong commitment to fairness and balance in California’s civil law.
May 23, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has named Kimberly Stone its Vice President - Legislation and Rick Rivas, Director of Public Affairs, association President John H. Sullivan announced today. Stone, who joined CJAC in mid-2005, has been the association’s Legislative Director.
May 15, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today lauded Attorney General Jerry Brown for powerfully challenging a Connecticut lawyer who has made millions of dollars pursing questionable legal actions against California businesses under the state’s Proposition 65 warning law.
May 7, 2007
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office of Planning and Research today announced its support for Assembly Bill 1505 (Parra) - sensible legal reform that will bring fairness and efficiency to California’s class action law, while protecting every consumer’s right to sue. The bill aligns California with the federal system and other states by giving judges clear statutory rules for handling class action cases and greatly reducing the legal uncertainty that makes these lawsuits expensive and time-consuming. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
Apr 30, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), at the request of Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, is providing a free seminar on May 10 to help vintners and other business owners in the district avoid costly ADA/Access lawsuits.
Apr 25, 2007
California’s class action law ranks 46th in the nation in fairness and reasonableness, according to an annual national ranking of state civil justice systems. The rankings were released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform.
Apr 12, 2007
“The Californians who voted yes on Proposition 35 in 2000 wanted to put designers and equipment operators to work, not lawyers. Finally, that’s going to happen."
Apr 11, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California urged swift legislative action on a bill that will bring much-needed clarity to the complex and costly world of class action lawsuits. Introduced today, the bill (AB 1505 - Parra) will give judges clear statutory rules for handling these cases and greatly reduce the legal uncertainty that makes these lawsuits expensive and time-consuming.
Mar 27, 2007
America’s out-of-control legal system imposes a staggering economic cost of more than $865 billion every year according to a new study released today by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a free-market think tank based in San Francisco.
Mar 26, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) said today that everyone concerned with better education in California should applaud the Beverly Hills Unified School District’s second winning ruling that tossed out more of the costly junk-science lawsuit sponsored by Erin Brockovich over oil well drill sites near Beverly Hills High School.
Jan 25, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has requested that the California State Bar investigate a California law firm and one of its attorneys following an Ohio judge’s scathing order criticizing them for lying in an asbestos case and intentionally deceiving the court. Judge Harry Hanna of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland concluded his 19-page order by barring the Marin County firm of Brayton Purcell and its attorney Christopher Andreas from his court.
Jan 19, 2007
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced that former Senator Bill Morrow (38th District) is a recipient of the Civil Justice Leadership Award for his many years of service in the California Legislature.