Oct 17, 2005
The Civil Justice Association recommends replacing Ms. Brockovich-Ellis with California newswoman Norma Zager who was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club for her work in unveiling deceptive public health data, work that was chronicled by the Columbia Law Review in an article: “Muckraker 90210: A Most Unlikely Reporter Nails Erin Brockovich.”
Oct 14, 2005
As Sacramento Bee political writer Dan Walters summarized in an October 12 column: “The business-backed Civil Justice Association of California, which battles CAC [the California personal injury lawyer association] over lawsuit rules, had its own list of 14 bills to oppose. While a few were amended to the organization’s satisfaction and made it into law, all others were either blocked in the Legislature or vetoed…”
Sep 20, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has requested that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger veto a bill hurried through late in the session to give the state Attorney General unfair, one-sided leverage in lawsuits accusing companies of securities law violations or anti-competitive practices.
Sep 9, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has requested that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger veto a bill that would drive up insurance costs and overcompensate personal injury lawyers who play no role in providing health care and already routinely receive up to 50% of lawsuit settlements and costs. Senate Bill 399 (Escutia) would enable a personal injury lawyer to inflate the amount of non-economic damages in a lawsuit by inflating health care costs, using as base medical costs a health care provider’s “reasonable value” rate instead of the medical rate actually reimbursed by Medi-Cal.
Aug 4, 2005
"The Supreme Court’s ruling removes a useful option for people who want to settle legal disputes fairly and swiftly. In a commercial setting, this decision is especially unfortunate. Companies in California will not be able to agree to a lower-cost option that lets them solve a dispute and more quickly get on with their business. An increased drain on court resources will be an additional undesirable result."
Jul 19, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) reported today that California personal injury and other plaintiffs’ lawyers contributed nearly $7.5 million to incumbent and candidate campaigns in the 2003-2004 state election cycle. Since the 1997-98 election cycle, plaintiffs’ lawyers have spent more than $34 million attempting to elect allies who will protect their narrow agenda.
Jul 15, 2005
John H. Sullivan, president of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), today issued the following statement announcing opposition to Proposition 79, an initiative dealing with prescription drugs and scheduled to be on the November special election ballot:
Jun 15, 2005
The Manhattan Institute and Milken Institute today sponsored a debate forum to release Trial Lawyers, Inc. in Southern California. Trial Lawyers, Inc. is a study that examines the impact the state’s “lawsuit industry” has had on businesses, jobs, and housing costs. John H. Sullivan, CJAC President, welcomes this report on Trial Lawyers, Inc.— probably California’s most recession-proof industry — and addressed litigation in California at the forum.
May 25, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) said today that more than 100 companies and associations have already joined to oppose AB 528 because of the dire unintended consequences certain to flow from its passage. The bill creates a new opportunity for predatory private lawyers to file lawsuits without an injured client.
May 13, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California said today that the overwhelming support of Proposition 64 in last November’s election is reinforced by the Secretary of State’s recent announcement of the vote in each Senate and Assembly district across the state.
Apr 14, 2005
We welcome this report on Trial Lawyers, Inc., probably California’s most recession-proof industry.
Apr 11, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) reported today that plaintiffs’ trial lawyer contributions spent to elect California candidates and incumbents in the past election cycle (2003-2004) top the $7.3 million mark.
Mar 23, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California today expressed its extreme pleasure with the California Supreme Court’s rejection of the state’s personal injury lawyer association president’s wasteful and merit less “pill-splitting” lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente.
Mar 8, 2005
SACRAMENTO- The Civil Justice Association of California today urged the president of the state’s personal injury lawyer association to follow the will of the voters and set a positive example for her fellow plaintiffs’ lawyers by dropping her frivolous “pill-splitting” lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente.
Mar 8, 2005
California’s legal ranking has improved one spot (46th to 45th) in the national ranking of state civil justice systems released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform.
Feb 28, 2005
The growing consensus among California’s appellate courts is that Proposition 64 applies to pending cases filed before the initiative’s November 3 effective date. Information collected by the Civil Justice Association of California shows that to date four of five appellate decisions on the issue have applied Proposition 64 to cases before them. The matter is ripe for Supreme Court review.
Feb 17, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for joining the Senate in quickly passing the bipartisan “Class Action Fairness Act of 2005.”
Feb 14, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) commends the U.S. Senate for their overwhelming 72-26 vote in favor of the “”Class Action Fairness Act of 2005” and encouraged the House of Representatives to take the Senate’s lead in quickly passing the bipartisan bill.
Feb 10, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California issued the following statement regarding today’s 4th District Court of Appeal ruling on Proposition 64’s application to cases filed before the initiative’s November 2, 2004, effective date.
Feb 9, 2005
The Civil Justice Association of California is dismayed but not at all surprised to learn of the trial bar’s attempt to keep shakedown dollars flowing despite the sound approval of Proposition 64 in November, which stopped private attorneys from filing lawsuits without clients or evidence of harm.