Today marks the first day of Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week (LAAW), a week dedicated to raising awareness about the cost of abusive lawsuits. Between lawsuits hurting school and city budgets to shakedown lawsuits against small businesses, our lawsuit system mainly serves the interests of lawyers rather than ordinary people.
LAAW is our opportunity to remind Californians how lawsuit abuse affects consumers, taxpayers, small businesses, minority business owners, and the overall economy and call on the state to create jobs, not lawsuits.
Since it is an election year, we are also focusing on getting people to register to vote and ask their candidates where they stand on legal reform. Lawsuits affect taxpayers and consumers at all levels of government. Whether it is a water district, a school district, city council or Supervisorial race, you need to ask candidates how they feel about lawsuit abuse and the cost of litigation.
California’s problem with lawsuit abuse is well-documented. Numerous surveys of business leaders have ranked California’s business climate among the worst in the nation, due in part to its laws that encourage lawsuit abuse. Additionally, the American Tort Reform Foundation identifies California as the nation’s worst “Judicial Hellhole,” due to the ongoing abuse of its civil justice system.
Our activities this week will include daily interviews on KTKZ AM 1380 in Sacramento, which will feature a different CALA supporter each day discussing how lawsuit abuse has affected their businesses and communities. CALA will also be posting to Twitter (@CACALA) and Facebook (facebook.com/calicala) encouraging supporters to learn more about lawsuit abuse and how it affects the community around them.