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Liability Reform Insider

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Liability Reform Insider is CJAC’s regular update of developments in the California Legislature, appellate courts, and more impacting civil liability.

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Striking a Balance: CJAC’s Pursuit of Fair Laws for Business and Disability Access

The Valley Economic Alliance - February 20, 2024

The Valley Economic Alliance published version here
By Jaime Huff

State and federal disability laws play a crucial role in ensuring equal access to public spaces for individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, small and minority-owned businesses in California have long been burdened with frivolous lawsuits that exploit these laws.


Reject legislation that will increase costs, clog our courts, and enrich plaintiffs’ lawyers

Los Angeles Daily News - July 4, 2023

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Los Angeles Daily News published version here
By Kyla Christoffersen Powell

Plaintiffs’ lawyers are at it again. They are pushing for policies that will further drive up the cost of doing business in California and saddle our over-burdened courts with more unnecessary litigation. It should be no surprise these policies will make lawyers richer.

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Sen. Hurtado and Asm. Nguyen Receive 2022 Civil Justice Gavels

March 16, 2022

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Senator Hurtado and Assemblymember Nguyen Recognized as Champions of Legal Reform

Civil Justice Association of California Announces 2022 “Civil Justice Gavel” Recipients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 16, 2022)— The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) is pleased to announce that Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-14) and Assemblymember Janet Nguyen (R-72) are this year’s Civil Justice Gavel recipients.


CJAC Releases 2021 Legislator Scorecard

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CJAC has released its second annual Balance Scorecard for the 2021 legislative year, which evaluates legislators and their efforts to promote a fair, balanced civil justice system – placing them in the top or bottom half of all California legislators.

The Balance Scorecard analyzes legislators’ votes and related efforts on CJAC priority bills that promote or impede balanced civil liability policies, including bills that create unwarranted liability expansions, frivolous litigation, or private rights of action (PRAs).


New Bill Broadly Prohibits Confidential Settlements

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Senator Connie Leyva (D) recently introduced SB 1149, which prohibits confidential settlement agreements in lawsuits alleging defective products or environmental conditions that pose a danger to public health or safety – defined to mean “a product or condition that has caused, or is likely to cause, significant or substantial bodily injury or illness, or death.”

SB 1149 is jointly sponsored by Consumer Reports and Public Justice.


Two-Year Bill Summary: Only Two of 20 CJAC Oppose Bills Advance

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A total of 18 two-year bills that CJAC opposed last year remained stalled or finally failed as of the two-year bill deadline that occurred January 31. While these bad ideas can be revived elsewhere (and a couple already have), we obtained closure on the following particular bill vehicles which are now dead:


High Court to Review CA’s PAGA Arbitration Waiver Rule

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On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Angie Moriana. CJAC filed an amicus brief in the case on February 7.

At issue is whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires enforcement of a bilateral arbitration agreement between employer and employee providing that the employee cannot raise representative claims, including under California’s statutory Private Attorney General Act (PAGA).


Appellate Court Ruling Conflicts with CA’s Policy to Encourage Settlement

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CJAC recently filed an amicus brief in the Third Appellate District in Madrigal v. Hyundai Motor America, C090463. The issue is whether CCP section 998’s “cost-shifting” expert witness and attorney fee provisions apply when a defendant car seller makes a monetary offer of settlement in Song-Beverly litigation and the buyer-plaintiffs reject it, and then settle with defendant before trial for less than the amount of that offer.

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