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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. "Calif. Privacy Law Will Likely Prompt Flood Of Class Actions"

    May 21, 2019 | News

    A Sidley Austin law firm partner writes that the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has "has potentially far-reaching implications for class action litigation and will not go unnoticed by the plaintiffs' bar."... Read More

  5. Liability-Expanding Bill Fails In California Senate

    May 20, 2019 | News

    According to Corporate Counsel, a bill that would have expanded liability under California's new Consumer Privacy Act failed a procedural vote in the state's Senate last week.... Read More

  6. Update To California's Privacy Law Pulled Off Floor

    April 29, 2019 | News

    Update To California's Privacy Law Pulled Off Floor... Read More

  7. In the News Today - March 11, 2019

    March 11, 2019 | News

    New Report Documents Massive Spike in Food and Beverage Class Actions... Read More

  8. Mitigating Municipality Litigation: Scope and Solutions

    March 06, 2019 | Research

    Municipalities are testing the boundaries of their litigation authority, claiming damages for wide-ranging matters of public policy including opioid abuse, climate change, and data privacy breaches. This paper is the first to document how and why municipalities and contingency fee lawyers are undermining legislators and state AGs with these lawsuits, the problems this trend is causing, and what states can do about it. ... Read More

  9. Website Accessibility Lawsuits On The Rise, Attorneys Say

    February 11, 2019 | News

    A report by attorneys with the Seyfarth Shaw law firm found that website accessibility lawsuits filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) have increased 177 percent since last year, the Florida Record reports.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - February 7, 2019

    February 07, 2019 | News

    "Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About the CCPA"... Read More