FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
CONTACT: MARYANN MARINO
California’s Lawsuit Climate Again Ranked Among Nation’s Worse
Poor Rank Underscores Why Gov. Brown to Veto AB 465, Which Would Create Even More Lawsuits in California
SACRAMENTO – In response to the release today of the report, 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking the States from the Institute for Legal Reform, in which California’s lawsuit climate ranked 47th, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) released the following statement today from Regional Director Maryann Marino:
“It comes as no surprise that California’s business climate yet again ranks among the worst states in the nation. I have heard small business owners all over the state describe how their businesses have been the target of shakedown lawsuits costing thousands of dollars and limiting their ability to hire new workers. Some businesses have even shut down completely or left the state due to lawsuit abuse.
“California has consistently pursued policies that increase opportunities for litigation, making it easier for plaintiffs’ lawyers to sue and win enormous settlements. Some of these laws include the state’s laws regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, Proposition 65, the state’s Private Attorney General Act, and California’s wage-and-hour laws.
“Plaintiffs’ attorneys are working to create even more ways to profit from the state’s lawsuit system. AB 465, a bill that would limit arbitration agreements in employment contracts – which will mean more opportunities and profit for the state’s trial attorneys – is currently on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting a signature or a veto. This latest poor ranking of the state’s lawsuit climate is one more reason for Gov. Brown to veto this bill. California needs to create more jobs, not more lawsuits.”
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is a nonpartisan grassroots movement of concerned citizens and businesses who are fighting against lawsuit abuse in California. CALA serves as a watchdog to challenge the abuse of our civil justice system, and engages the public and the media to deliver the message that lawsuit abuse is alive and well in California – and that all Californians are paying the price. www.cala.com