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.
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »