California has consistently had one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation, currently ranked at 47th for lawsuit fairness. The courts in Los Angeles rank as the country’s second worst for legal fairness, with San Francisco’s courts coming in at fourth worst.

California at a Glance

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$5,267 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.65% - 1.76% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - April 1, 2014

April 01, 2014 | Insights

Plaintiffs' lawyers want to consolidate the GM recall litigation in California before the same judge who approved a $1.6 billion consumer class action settlement against Toyota in 2012. Read More »

Tags: California

California Considering Another Labeling Law That Could Lead to More Class Actions

March 31, 2014 | Insights

If a proposed labeling rule is made into law, California could see a surge of consumer class actions similar to what happened with Proposition 65. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, California

In the News Today - March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014 | Insights

A judge is scheduled to hear arguments from a number of companies - including Ford and Aetna - to unseal evidence in a case that found lawyers were withholding and manipulating evidence in order to boost asbestos payouts. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Medical Liability, Securities Litigation Reform, California

Toyota Settles Sudden Acceleration Probe

March 20, 2014 | Insights

On Wednesday, Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the Department of Justice into its disclosure of unintended acceleration claims. Read More »

Tags: California

Lead paint: California court ruling is ridiculous

February 03, 2014 | Insights

It's not by accident that our organization consistently ranks California as having one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation. The recent absurdist lead paint decision more than lives up to that finding. Read More »

Tags: Environmental Litigation, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, California

Warning Labels Helping Lawyers, Not Consumers

January 23, 2014 | Insights

California's warning label law hasn't improved the health of the state's residents, writes Michael Marlow in the Wall Street Journal, but one group is benefiting - plaintiffs' lawyers. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, California

In the News Today - January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 | Insights

The Department of Justice recently announced it collected $8 billion in civil and criminal settlements in 2013. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions, False Claims Act, California

Supreme Court Rules on International Claims & Class Actions

January 15, 2014 | Insights

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed in California court against German automaker Daimler AG for alleged human rights violations in Argentina in the 1970s, unanimously ruling that American courts lack jurisdiction over the case. Read More »

Tags: Securities Litigation Reform, International Judiciary Impact, Class Actions, Mississippi, California

In the News Today - January 10, 2014

January 10, 2014 | Insights

A California judge has approved a $1.15 billion public nuisance award against three paint companies. Read More »

Tags: Environmental Litigation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, State Attorneys General, California, Louisiana

In the News Today - December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013 | Insights

The National Law Journal looks back at the major bellwether cases from 2013 and where they are heading in 2014. Read More »

Tags: False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Securities Litigation Reform, California

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