California is ranked #48 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, dropping one position from its 2017 ranking. It fell the most in the key element category of Scientific and Technical Evidence, but realized a one spot improvement in both Overall Treatment of Tort and Contract Litigation and Quality of Appellate Review. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco made the list of Cities or Counties with the Least Fair and Reasonable Litigation Environment.


California at a Glance

Suggested Resources

  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – Northern California

  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – Southern California

Civil Justice Association of California
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
California Chamber of Commerce

All Results for California

  1. In the News Today - December 16, 2013

    December 16, 2013 | News and Blog

    Lawyers for plaintiffs and Toyota have asked a judge to establish an "intensive settlement process" for resolving hundreds of lawsuits over alleged instances of unintended acceleration. ... Read More

  2. Lawyers Get 25 Times What Their Client Did

    December 06, 2013 | News and Blog

    A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld nearly $700,000 in attorneys' fees in a case where the client received $27,280. ... Read More

  3. In the News Today - December 6, 2013

    December 06, 2013 | News and Blog

    By a vote of 325-91, the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act, a bill aimed at discouraging frivolous patent litigation. ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - November 8, 2013

    November 08, 2013 | News and Blog

    Australian Attorney-General George Brandis criticized the involvement of law firms in companies that finance class actions, saying the arrangements give rise to unavoidable moral hazards and conflicts of interest.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - October 29, 2013

    October 29, 2013 | News and Blog

    The legal tab for U.S. banks is expected to rise to $107 billion or more in the coming years.... Read More

  6. 9th Circuit Allows CAFA Sidestep

    September 25, 2013 | News and Blog

    On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a mass action against Teva Pharmaceuticals can stay in California state court... Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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