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. PFAS and Prop 65: Combination May Mean "Open-Season" for Plaintiffs' Lawyers

    August 20, 2019 | News

    Earlier this summer, California's water board began sampling drinking and groundwater for traces of PFAS/PFOAS-artificial compounds used in a wide variety of liquid-resistant products, as well as fire-fighting foam. This seemingly routine event could be advance warning for a flood of lawyer-driven litigation, according to Luke Wake of the National Federation of Independent Business' Small Business Legal Center.... Read More

  2. Reforms Needed to Calif. PAGA Law, Watchdog Says

    August 02, 2019 | News

    The executive director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse called the state's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) the "biggest threat" facing businesses there, the Northern California Record reports.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - July 22, 2019

    July 22, 2019 | News

    Australian Corporation Argues Funding Deal Gives Too Much Control To Funders; California Assemblyman Says Decision To Take Labels Off Coffee Was "Right"... Read More

  4. In the News Today - July 12, 2019

    July 12, 2019 | News

    "Growing Body Of Law" On One New York Patent Troll; Growth Of Public Nuisance Lawsuits In Calif. Is "Very Concerning"... Read More

  5. In the News Today - July 7, 2019

    July 11, 2019 | News

    Civil Justice Association of California Says State Data Privacy Law Must Focus on Compliance... Read More

  6. In the News Today - June 24, 2019

    June 24, 2019 | News

    A Look at U.S. Data Privacy Laws One Year After GDPR... Read More

  7. In the News Today - June 18, 2019

    June 18, 2019 | News

    Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Illinois Biometric Lawsuit; Prop. 65 Lawyers Press On Despite New Coffee Ruling... Read More

  8. Prop. 65 Lawsuits "Benefit Lawyers More Than Consumers," Group Says

    June 13, 2019 | News

    The president of the Civil Justice Association of California said lawsuits under the state's Proposition 65 law "benefit lawyers more than consumers," the Northern California Record reports.... Read More

  9. WSJ Editorial Board: "Coffee Doesn't Kill After All"

    June 06, 2019 | News

    A new California regulation won't require coffee makers to put cancer warnings on coffee products, which The Wall Street Journal editorial board called "good news."... Read More

  10. In the News Today - May 22, 2019

    May 22, 2019 | News

    ALI Tables Most of Its Consumer Contracts Restatement; Attorneys Say Calif. Data Law, Class Actions an "Awful Combination"... Read More