California is ranked #47 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States.  Both Los Angeles and San Francisco made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment.  California is in the bottom five of eight of the ten elements evaluated in the survey, sitting at the absolute bottom in treatment of class action suits and mass consolidation suits, and damages.

California at a Glance

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2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – California

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In the News Today - May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016 | Insights

CA Enacts ADA Lawsuit Reform Law: California Governor Jerry Brown signed an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit reform bill that "gives small businesses with fewer than 50 employees time to fix access violations. Read More »

In the News Today - May 5, 2016

May 05, 2016 | Insights

House FCA Reform Proposals Stem from ILR Report: Chelsea M. Rutherford from McDermott, Will & Emery writes of last week's House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice's hearing on the False Claims Act. Read More »

In the News Today - May 2, 2016

May 02, 2016 | Insights

MO Chamber General Counsel Backs Daubert Standard Bill: Missouri Chamber General Counsel Brian Bunten says his group is hopeful the governor will sign legislation adopting the Daubert Standard in his state. Read More »

In the News Today - April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016 | Insights

Editorial Backs ADA Lawsuit Reform in CA: The Los Angeles Daily News editorial board backs several California legislative proposals to reform the system to prevent the Americans with Disabilities Act from being "used to shake down businesses for minor violations." Read More »

In the News Today -- April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016 | Insights

Uber last week agreed to a $100 million class action settlement filed by drivers claiming they should be classified as employees instead of independent contractors -- at least part of which some are calling a "win" for the ride-sharing company. Read More »

In the News Today - April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 | Insights

Minor League Baseball Players Invoke SCOTUS' Tyson Foods Ruling in Wage and Hour Suit: A group of minor league baseball players have asked a California federal court to "allow survey evidence of hours they worked as part of their bid to win class certification in a wage and hour suit against Major League Baseball". Read More »

Ninth Circuit to Hear Uber's Appeal Challenging Driver Class Action

April 08, 2016 | Insights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has agreed to hear an appeal by Uber over whether the ride-share company's drivers "signed away" their right to participate in a class action lawsuit against the company when they signed a binding arbitration clause with Uber. Read More »

In the News Today - April 8, 2016

April 08, 2016 | Insights

Abbott Labs Prevails in Texas FCA Case: Abbott Laboratories has prevailed in a False Claims Act case over allegations of the company's off-label stent marketing. Read More »

Lawsuit Alleging Under-filled Lattes Gives Starbucks a Caffeine Headache

April 08, 2016 | Insights

America is addicted to the quick and customizable cups of coffee that Starbucks offers, but a recent class action lawsuit claims that the coffee chain under-fills their lattes. The California lawsuit alleges that Starbucks is violating consumer protection laws by under-filling their lattes by as much as 25%. The suit is asking for $5 million in damages. Read More »

In the News Today - April 5, 2016

April 05, 2016 | Insights

CA Supreme Court Rules in 'Chairs for Employees' Case: "Given the potential for massive recoveries of penalties and attorneys' fees... it is no surprise that seating lawsuits have sprung up against a who's who of the State's retailers," wrote Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. attorneys in an amicus brief for a case over whether employers must offer seats to workers. Read More »

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