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. In the News Today - April 1, 2014

    April 01, 2014 | News and Blog

    Plaintiffs' lawyers want to consolidate the GM recall litigation in California before the same judge who approved a $1.6 billion consumer class action settlement against Toyota in 2012.... Read More

  2. California Considering Another Labeling Law That Could Lead to More Class Actions

    March 31, 2014 | News and Blog

    If a proposed labeling rule is made into law, California could see a surge of consumer class actions similar to what happened with Proposition 65.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - March 27, 2014

    March 27, 2014 | News and Blog

    A judge is scheduled to hear arguments from a number of companies - including Ford and Aetna - to unseal evidence in a case that found lawyers were withholding and manipulating evidence in order to boost asbestos payouts.... Read More

  4. Toyota Settles Sudden Acceleration Probe

    March 20, 2014 | News and Blog

    On Wednesday, Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the Department of Justice into its disclosure of unintended acceleration claims.... Read More

  5. Lead paint: California court ruling is ridiculous

    February 03, 2014 | News and Blog

    It's not by accident that our organization consistently ranks California as having one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation. The recent absurdist lead paint decision more than lives up to that finding.... Read More

  6. Warning Labels Helping Lawyers, Not Consumers

    January 23, 2014 | News and Blog

    California's warning label law hasn't improved the health of the state's residents, writes Michael Marlow in the Wall Street Journal, but one group is benefiting - plaintiffs' lawyers.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - January 17, 2014

    January 17, 2014 | News and Blog

    The Department of Justice recently announced it collected $8 billion in civil and criminal settlements in 2013.... Read More

  8. Supreme Court Rules on International Claims & Class Actions

    January 15, 2014 | News and Blog

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed in California court against German automaker Daimler AG for alleged human rights violations in Argentina in the 1970s, unanimously ruling that American courts lack jurisdiction over the case.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - January 10, 2014

    January 10, 2014 | News and Blog

    A California judge has approved a $1.15 billion public nuisance award against three paint companies.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - December 31, 2013

    December 31, 2013 | News and Blog

    The National Law Journal looks back at the major bellwether cases from 2013 and where they are heading in 2014.... Read More