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Annual Cost of Lawsuit Abuse in California


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With an estimated 34,501,130 .00 citizens (source: US Census Department), lawsuit abuse costs the State of California

$24,875,314,730 per year.


  • A recent report in the Quarterly Journal of Economics estimates that limiting unreasonable jury awards could cut healthcare costs by 5-9%, which would save $70-126 billion in healthcare costs per year. Saving this money would lower the cost of healthcare coverage and permit an additional 2.4 - 4.3 million Americans to obtain medical insurance. Going without Health Insurance, Families USA, March 10, 2003; "Number of Uninsured Americans On the Rise," Associated Press, March 5, 2003; " Avoiding Health Insurance Crowd-Out," Journal of Health Economics, March 2000

  • In a July 2003 study conducted by Harris Interactive, 43% of doctors reported that they have avoided prescribing a particular medication because they were aware that the drug might be involved in litigation. Pharmaceutical Liability Study, Harris Interactive, July 15, 2003

  • 75% of suppliers of biomaterials used to make medical implants banned sales to U.S. manufacturers because of litigation fears. Although the Biomaterials Assurance Assistance Act of 2000 aimed to remedy this by providing important legal protections to suppliers in liability lawsuits, numerous medical device producers choose to remain overseas. Study by New York-based Aronoff Associates for HIMA entitled "Biomaterials Availability: a Vital Health Care Industry Hangs in the Balance ; "How FDA Regulation and Injury Litigation Cripple the Medical Device Industry" Policy Analysis 412, August 28, 2001

  • An estimated $50 billion per year is spent on unnecessary test procedures designed only to guard doctors and hospitals against malpractice claims. "Do Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine?" Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1996

Get Involved

Are you tired of lawsuit abuse in California? If so, you can:

  • Participate in our Million Email March on Washington

  • Contact any of the California Citizens Against lawsuit Abuse Chapters:

    Orange County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
    Maryann Maloney, Executive Director
    (213) 625-2620
    Orange County CALA

    Central California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
    PO Box 1652
    Fair Oaks, CA 95628-1652
    Email: or

    Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (Los Angeles)
    10736 Jefferson Blvd
    # 401
    Culver City, CA 90230

    Northern California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
    1712 Lincoln Ave.
    Calistoga, CA 94515

    Orange County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
    P.O. Box 26
    Corona del Mar, CA 92625

    San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
    1761 Hotel Circle South
    Suite 120
    San Diego, CA 92108

    Silicon Valley Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
    700 Empey Way
    San Jose, CA 95128

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