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.

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2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – California

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PODCAST: Frivolous Lawsuits Have Serious Consequences

November 19, 2015 | Insights

The United States legal system is the most costly in the world, making it a major factor in a business' decision-making process, such as where to expand or relocate. In this podcast, Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, discusses how our legal climate plays an increasingly influential role in a company's planning and operations. We'll also hear Roberto Guerrero, owner of Cumaica coffee in San Francisco share the story of his own legal battle, and his advice for other business owners. Read More »

In the News Today - November 4, 2015

November 04, 2015 | Insights

In a column entitled, "Arbitration is Everywhere and Not All Bad", Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter takes issue with several key points of the New York Times' recent three-part anti-arbitration report. For example, he writes the Times failed to mention an analysis of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau data by professors Jason Scott Johnston of the University of Virginia School of Law and Todd Zywicki of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. That analysis found "consumers fare better in single arbitration settlements (not awards) than in class-action settlements." (Bloomberg View) Read More »

California Governor Vetoes Anti-Arbitration Bill

October 13, 2015 | Insights

California Governor Jerry Brown "dashed the hopes of plaintiffs lawyers and organized labor" by vetoing legislation that would have outlawed mandatory arbitration agreements and class-action waivers in employment contracts in the state. Read More »

In the News Today - October 7, 2015

October 07, 2015 | Insights

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's expected proposal to restrict consumer arbitration agreements "is likely to face stiff opposition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has argued that class actions pad plaintiff lawyers' pockets while delivering little relief to consumers." (New York Times and The Hill) Read More »

Survey: California's Lawsuit Climate Rank Ties All-Time Low

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

75 Percent of Business Leaders Surveyed Say Lawsuit Climate a 'Significant Factor' in Determining Where to Expand, Grow Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

In the News Today - September 1, 2015

September 01, 2015 | Insights

The New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) case management order is 27 years old, and some defendants have sought a stay on existing cases until the CMO is revised. Last week, NYCAL Judge Peter Moulton rejected the requested stay, but did grant a motion to negotiate a modification of the CMO, saying that a "complete re-examination of the CMO" is warranted. (Legal Newsline) Read More »

In the News Today - August 25, 2015

August 25, 2015 | Insights

Luke Barrett, head of legal and risk at UniSuper, one of Australia's largest institutional investors, criticized the country's litigation funding industry, asking why they "are able to charge 30 percent to 40 percent of the recovery amount." Those amounts, Barrett said, "can often be a multiple of what the legal fees were." (Sydney Morning Herald) Read More »

ILR Report Cited in Story about 'Almond Milk' Class Actions

August 24, 2015 | Insights

A story about a number of class action lawsuits filed against manufacturers of almond milk cites ILR's 2013 report, "The New Lawsuit Ecosystem." In that report, lawsuits against food manufacturers are highlighted as an emerging trend. Read More »

In the News Today - July 8, 2015

July 08, 2015 | Insights

Proctor & Gamble Co. will pay $850,000 in a settlement with California prosecutors over the amount of "slack fill," or unused space, in its Olay skin-care products packaging. The case is part of an uptick in litigation brought by plaintiffs' attorneys seizing on "slack fill." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

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