CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Press Releases

Nov 26, 2007

State Senator Tom Harman Honored with Civil Justice Leadership Award

The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced that State Senator Tom Harman (35th District) is a recipient of the Civil Justice Leadership Award for his work in the 2006-2007 legislative session.

Oct 30, 2007

San Francisco Law Firm Ripping the Mask off Real Goblins

Halloween is a good time to be on the lookout for goblins of the worst kind - the ones who prey on seniors and the disabled with promises of treats that turn out to be tricks.

Oct 29, 2007

Class Action Lawsuits Still Abound in California

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

Governor Schwarzenegger Applauded for Actions

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

Justice Served as City of Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills Unified School District Receive Reimbursement in Oil Well Litigation

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

CJAC Applauds Governor Schwarzenegger's Veto

“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

Statement on Plaintiff Lawyer Bill Lerach's Guilty Plea to Federal Charges

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 Again Veto Personal Injury Lawyer Scheme

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

Personal Injury Lawyers Try Again To Drive Up Consumers' Insurance Costs and Their Fees

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

CJAC Initiative Will Balance Class Action Law and Stop Legalized Extortion

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

Assemblyman Todd Spitzer Honored with Civil Justice Leadership Award

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

Staff Changes Announced at Civil Justice Association of California

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

Attorney General Lowers Boom on Out-of-State Proposition 65 Profiteer

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 Schwarzenegger Announces Support for Class Action Reform Bill

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 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Red Flags: Providing Access Without Lawsuits

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

National Survey: California Class Action Law Almost Dragging Bottom

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

Statement by Civil Justice Association of California President John H. Sullivan on Today's Supreme Court Decision

“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

New Bill Will Improve California Class-Action Law

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

Litigation Lottery Costs $865 Billion Per Year, New Study Says

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

Another Step Toward Justice as Court Tosses Out More Claims in Erin Brockovich-Sponsored Lawsuit Against Beverly Hills Unified School District

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.

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