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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Massachusetts AG Considering Lawsuit Against Painkiller Manufacturers

January 05, 2015 | Insights

The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey is considering suing manufacturers of prescription painkillers over their marketing practices – similar to litigation being pursued by the city of Chicago and two California counties. Read More »

Tags: Massachusetts, Illinois, California

In The News Today - December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 | Insights

The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, State Legal Reforms, State Tort Reform, West Virginia, New York, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, California

In The News Today - November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 | Insights

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided a "friendly ear to business concerns," especially in the area of class actions, according to National Law Journal writers Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Environmental Litigation, Class Actions, Illinois, California

In The News Today - November 6, 2014

November 06, 2014 | Insights

An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell highlights "excessive regulations and frivolous lawsuits that are driving up costs for families and preventing the economy from growing" as one of the top priorities for reform under the newly elected Republican majority in the House and Senate. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Legal Ethics, Medical Liability, California

In The News Today - September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 | Insights

Purdue Pharma LP is seeking to block Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC from representing the city in its suit over the marketing of opioid painkillers. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, California

In The News Today - September 8, 2014

September 08, 2014 | Insights

A new case that could be considered by the Supreme Court may determine how quickly generic drug makers "need to match changes in labeling that are made by equivalent brand-name medicines." Read More »

Tags: California

In The News Today - September 4, 2014

September 04, 2014 | Insights

In the largest TCPA settlement ever obtained, a California federal judge has approved a $32 million settlement resolving claims that Bank of America Corp. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to an order filed Friday approving the deal. Read More »

Tags: California

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

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