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
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Orange County, CA District Attorney Takes Duplicative Legal Action Against GM

July 01, 2014 | Insights

Orange County, CA District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is taking legal action against General Motors, charging the company with, "unfair business practices and deceptive marketing for concealing ignition-related defects and others in order to boost its bottom line," reports The New York Times. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Legal Ethics, California

In The News Today - June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 | Insights

The California Supreme Court's decision this week in Arshavir Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles was supportive of employer arbitration agreements, "but left open a door for plaintiffs attorneys looking to keep their claims in court." Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Arbitration, California

Campaign Contributor Law Firm Stands to Make $6.75 Million from CA's 'Unclaimed Property' Program

June 13, 2014 | Insights

Yesterday, we posted about a media report that detailed the significant amount of campaign contributions California Controller John Chiang, who is running for re-election as state treasurer, has raised from a law firm hired on a contingency-fee basis to assist the state in collecting unclaimed property. Read More »

Tags: Unclaimed Property, California

California Latest State to be Dogged by Cash-For-Contracts Questions in State Unclaimed Property Program

Author: Harold Kim | June 12, 2014 | Insights

During the past year, ILR has been ringing the bell about the increasingly aggressive tactics of private auditing firms, hired by states, to collect purportedly unclaimed property on behalf of the state in exchange for a contingency fee. Read More »

Tags: Unclaimed Property, California

In The News Today - June 9, 2014

June 09, 2014 | Insights

A Maryland judge has, "freed Pfizer Inc. from a personal injury suit blaming insulation manufactured by its defunct subsidiary Quigley Co" in an asbestos suit. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, California, Maryland

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

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