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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
CA Enacts ADA Lawsuit Reform Law: California Governor Jerry Brown signed an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit reform bill that "gives small businesses with fewer than 50 employees time to fix access violations. Read More »
House FCA Reform Proposals Stem from ILR Report: Chelsea M. Rutherford from McDermott, Will & Emery writes of last week's House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice's hearing on the False Claims Act. Read More »