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. U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue: California's Poor Legal Climate Drives Business Decline

    September 10, 2012 | Video | Watch

  2. The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

    September 10, 2012 | Research

    The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems.... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber Calls California's Action Against Car Makers

    September 20, 2006 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard issued the following statement on the lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer against automobile manufacturers for allegedly creating the "public nuisance" of global warming:... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber: California 45 in State Legal Rankings

    March 07, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released its Harris Interactive 2005 State Liability Systems Ranking Study, which shows California ranked 45 in legal fairness, having risen in the poll since last year. ... Read More

  5. Chamber Urges Federal Energy Regulators to Preempt State Litigation on CA Power Dispute

    November 25, 2001 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 26, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce urged the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to exercise its full and exclusive authority to preempt state courts from dictating how power companies determine electricity rates and compensate customers for overcharges.... Read More