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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The ILR Research Review - Winter 2016

December 28, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on the increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local governments, asbestos "double dipping," trends in trial lawyer drug and device advertising, and the public's views on data privacy liability and legal reform issues. Read More »

In the News Today - December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016 | News and Blog

Obama administration lawyers urged a Washington federal appeals court to revisit a dispute over the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), arguing that a panel of judges improperly assessed the extent to which the agency leadership intrudes on presidential power. Read More »

In the News Today - December 21, 2016

December 21, 2016 | News and Blog

The California Supreme Court ruled this month that employers using asbestos-containing products have a legal duty to household members who are also exposed to the mineral through other persons. "This decision opens up California courts for a number of additional lawsuits from the household members of asbestos workers. Read More »

Northern District of California Rules Committee Moves to Expose Third-Party Litigation Funding

November 01, 2016 | News and Blog

Litigation funders are pushing back against a proposed amendment to Civil Local Rule 3-15 introduced by judges in the Northern District of California that would require attorneys to disclose when their case is backed by a third-party investor reports The Recorder. Read More »

In the News Today - September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016 | News and Blog

A recent study by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) looked at product liability cases against pharmaceutical companies in two cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco, between January 2010 and May 2016. Read More »

In the News Today - September 9, 2016

September 09, 2016 | News and Blog

A coalition of business groups are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a bill, SB 1078, that would "prohibit arbitration companies from soliciting business from a party to a consumer arbitration for as long as the arbitration lasts." Read More »

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 »

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