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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Despite Settlement, Lyft Can Continue Classifying Drivers as Independent Contractors

January 28, 2016 | Insights

Ride sharing company Lyft has agreed to pay $12.25 million in a settlement over a "worker classification" lawsuit in California, but will be able to continue to classify its workers as independent contractors, instead of employees. Read More »

In the News Today - December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015 | Insights

Veterans Advocacy Group Calls on House Leaders to Support FACT Act: "The FACT Act will not interfere with or delay asbestos victims' ability to file legitimate lawsuits or trust claims. In fact, HR 526 will ensure that trusts have sufficient funds to pay legitimate claims by helping to eliminate fraud in the system," wrote Veteran Resource List President and CEO Matt Hall in a letter to Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) John Conyers (D-MI). (American Security News) Read More »

In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | Insights

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »

WSJ: SCOTUS Ruling in DirecTV Case a "Policy Victory Against Trial Lawyers"

December 15, 2015 | Insights

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of DirectTV in DirectTV Inc. v. Imburgia, "backing the satellite television provider's efforts to enforce arbitration agreements signed by its customers in California," reports Reuters. Read More »

Judge Rules More California Drivers Can Join Class Action Against Uber

December 10, 2015 | Insights

A federal judge has ruled that additional Uber drivers in California can join the class action against the company even if they didn't opt out of an arbitration clause in their contracts. Uber said it will appeal the ruling. Read More »

California Supreme Court to Decide Case Involving Class Action Attorney Fees

November 30, 2015 | Insights

The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether class action plaintiffs' attorneys' fees are paid as a percentage, or rather based on "the hours they put into the case," reports the Wall Street Journal. Read More »

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 »

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