SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 30, 2024) – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has released its new Civil Justice Allies list based on the 2023 legislative year, recognizing those California legislators who promoted a fair, balanced civil justice system with their policy decisions.
“The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) advocates for a level-playing field in civil justice system, so the process is fair for all Californians and there is less abusive litigation in our courts,” said Kyla Christoffersen Powell, president and CEO of CJAC. “Each year, we remain committed to keeping the business community and public informed about their legislators’ support for balance in our courts while creating accountability for those legislators who made policy decisions with negative impacts.”
In determining Civil Justice Allies, CJAC 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). Generally, Civil Justice Allies are those legislators who ranked in the top half of the Legislature for civil-justice friendly votes or actively advanced civil justice policies.
For 2023, CJAC looked at votes on 11 key bills that unreasonably expanded liability for California employers, from undermining arbitration to imposing unworkable new workplace mandates. Nine of the 11 bills created or expanded PRAs. CJAC also considered five bills that promoted positive civil liability reforms, including third party litigation funding transparency as well as an opportunity for small businesses to fix alleged violations of disability access laws before being sued.
Please visit cjac.org/civil-justice-allies to view the 2023 Civil Justice Allies.
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The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization, has been a trusted source of expertise on legal reform for almost half a century. CJAC confronts legislation, laws and regulations that create unfair litigation burdens on California businesses, employees and communities.