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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$5,267 Potential Tort Cost
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2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – California

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ILR's 'Faces of Lawsuit Abuse' Campaign Cited in 'Monkey Selfie' Brief Before Ninth Circuit

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

Last year, the infamous "Monkey Selfie" lawsuit was dubbed the Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2015 by ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign. Read More »

In the News Today - July 27

July 27, 2016 | News and Blog

ILR's latest blog post highlights the American Association of Justices' (AAJ) annual meeting, held last week in Los Angeles. Read More »

In the News Today - July 6, 2016

July 06, 2016 | News and Blog

The Supreme Court of California recently held that attorney's fees should be included in the calculation of the punitive to compensatory damages ratio by the trial court after the jury renders its punitive damages verdict. Read More »

Uber Successful in Getting Added to Lawsuit Against CEO; Could Force Case into Arbitration

June 21, 2016 | News and Blog

Uber succeeded in getting a federal judge to add the company as a defendant in an antitrust lawsuit against CEO Travis Kalanik over the company's surge pricing practices. By making Uber a "necessary party" to the suit, it becomes more likely that the case will head to arbitration. Read More »

In the News Today - June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016 | News and Blog

Legal publication Law360 reached a settlement with the New York Attorney General under which the company will no longer require editorial employees to sign non-compete clauses. Read More »

In the News Today - May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

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 »

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