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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2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – California

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In the News Today - October 7, 2015

October 07, 2015 | Insights

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's expected proposal to restrict consumer arbitration agreements "is likely to face stiff opposition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has argued that class actions pad plaintiff lawyers' pockets while delivering little relief to consumers." (New York Times and The Hill) Read More »

Survey: California's Lawsuit Climate Rank Ties All-Time Low

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

75 Percent of Business Leaders Surveyed Say Lawsuit Climate a 'Significant Factor' in Determining Where to Expand, Grow Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

In the News Today - September 1, 2015

September 01, 2015 | Insights

The New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) case management order is 27 years old, and some defendants have sought a stay on existing cases until the CMO is revised. Last week, NYCAL Judge Peter Moulton rejected the requested stay, but did grant a motion to negotiate a modification of the CMO, saying that a "complete re-examination of the CMO" is warranted. (Legal Newsline) Read More »

In the News Today - August 25, 2015

August 25, 2015 | Insights

Luke Barrett, head of legal and risk at UniSuper, one of Australia's largest institutional investors, criticized the country's litigation funding industry, asking why they "are able to charge 30 percent to 40 percent of the recovery amount." Those amounts, Barrett said, "can often be a multiple of what the legal fees were." (Sydney Morning Herald) Read More »

ILR Report Cited in Story about 'Almond Milk' Class Actions

August 24, 2015 | Insights

A story about a number of class action lawsuits filed against manufacturers of almond milk cites ILR's 2013 report, "The New Lawsuit Ecosystem." In that report, lawsuits against food manufacturers are highlighted as an emerging trend. Read More »

In the News Today - July 8, 2015

July 08, 2015 | Insights

Proctor & Gamble Co. will pay $850,000 in a settlement with California prosecutors over the amount of "slack fill," or unused space, in its Olay skin-care products packaging. The case is part of an uptick in litigation brought by plaintiffs' attorneys seizing on "slack fill." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In The News Today - June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 | Insights

According to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, the Ecuadorian government staged "public" protests outside the International Arbitration Tribunal in the U.S. where a legal dispute between the South American nation and Chevron was being heard. (Washington Free Beacon) Read More »

In the News Today - June 8, 2015

June 08, 2015 | Insights

With lawmakers coming back for an extended legislative session, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is hitting the road this week as part of his "Turnaround Illinois" tour. A major priority in his "Turnaround Agenda" is tort reform. (Illinois News Network) Read More »

In the News Today - May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 | Insights

Previously sealed evidence that led to landmark ruling and scathing judgment of asbestos plaintiffs' attorneys in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy now can be found and accessed on Legal Newsline's website. (Legal Newsline) Read More »

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