California is ranked #47 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, consistent with its poor ranking in previous surveys. California has been in the bottom five since 2010, and the highest ranking it has ever reached is #44. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments. 

California at a Glance

Suggested Resources

  • 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – California

  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – California

All Results for California

  1. Calif. Judge Criticizes "Shaky" Expert Opinion

    March 15, 2018 | News

    A California federal judge criticized "shaky" expert opinion in a case that alleged a link between a weed killer and cancer, Law360 reports.... Read More

  2. Ninth Circuit Tosses Iced Coffee Lawsuit

    March 14, 2018 | News

    Citing its own 2016 ruling, the Ninth Circuit tossed a proposed class action lawsuit that alleged Starbucks was underfilling their iced coffee by including ice, Law360 reports.... Read More

  3. Judge Says Plaintiffs' Lawyers "May be Being Greedy" by Asking for $16 Million

    March 09, 2018 | News

    A California federal judge said the plaintiffs' lawyers in a securities class action lawsuit "may be being greedy" by asking for $16 million, Law360 reports.... Read More

  4. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  5. Calif. Prop 65 Will Soon Expand, says Los Angeles Lawyer

    February 27, 2018 | News

    A partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, & Hampton told Legal Newsline the scope of California's Prop 65 law, which requires warning labels on any product containing any one of roughly 800 chemicals, will soon expand.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - February 20, 2018

    February 20, 2018 | News

    AOB Lawsuits Top Insurance Litigation in 2017; NYU Professor: ‘I Certainly Believe' Calif. Cities Will Lose Their Lawsuits... Read More

  7. California Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

    February 20, 2018 | News

    The California Supreme Court last week declined to hear an appeal of a landmark ruling that held paint manufactures liable for lead paint removal, The Recorder reports.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - February 8, 2018

    February 08, 2018 | News

    Despite Judge's Tongue-Lashing, 'Serial Objector' Escapes RICO Suit; Oakland Would Pay 23.5% Of Recovery From Its Climate Lawsuit To Private Lawyers... Read More

  9. In the News Today - February 2, 2018

    February 02, 2018 | News

    New report: PIP Repeal Could Cost Florida Motorists; SEC Asked to Investigate Potential Fraud in California Bond Offerings Over Climate Change Risk... Read More

  10. In the News Today - January 26, 2018

    January 26, 2018 | News

    Foreign Companies Face Perils Of U.S. Litigiousness And Erratic DoJ/SEC Enforcement; California high court ruling in Novartis liability case differs from existing law, experts say... Read More