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. 

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2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – California

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In the News Today - December 5, 2017

December 05, 2017 | News and Blog

Bipartisan Group of Congress Members Ask FCC for New TCPA Clarifications; California self-driving rule tweaks boost manufacturer liability Read More »

In the News Today - November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. Foreign Bribery Cases Fast-Tracked Due to Statute of Limitations Rule - SEC Enforcement Chief; Trump Considers Naming Mulvaney Interim CFPB Director Read More »

Johnson & Johnson Wins California Lawsuit Claiming Asbestos in Talc Caused Cancer

November 17, 2017 | News and Blog

A California jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed the cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the company's talc-based products including J&J's Baby Powder. Read More »

In the News Today - November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Federal Rules Panel to Look at Third-Party Litigation Funding; California may limit liability of self-driving cars' makers Read More »

In the News Today - October 3, 2017

November 03, 2017 | News and Blog

Biz Groups Push FTC To Avoid 'Theoretical' Privacy Harms; California small businesses are vulnerable to mass-produced litigation Read More »

"Lawyers running amok in California are suing over food"

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and President and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California John Doherty said California is quickly becoming the "food lawsuit capital" or the country. Read More »

Survey: California's Lawsuit Climate Again Ranks Among Nation's Worst

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the third time since 2012, California's lawsuit climate ranked number 47 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). California has been in the bottom 10 states since the survey began in 2002. Read More »

In the News Today - July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017 | News and Blog

A 14 billion pound ($18 billion) class action lawsuit against MasterCard for allegedly overcharging more than 45 million people in Britain over a 16-year period was blocked by a British court on Friday. Read More »

A Questionable IARC Report and the 'Lawsuit Inducing' Legacy of California's Prop 65

June 30, 2017 | News and Blog

A recent Reuters investigation "uncovered severe intellectual dishonesty" by a researcher for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) for a report which classified "glyphosate" (often sold under the brand name pesticide "RoundUp") as carcinogenic, writes Dr. Joseph Perrone, Chief Science Officer at the Center for Accountability in Science, in the Orange County Register. Read More »

California Judge "Dares Plaintiffs' Lawyers to Go After Clients for Fees"

April 26, 2017 | News and Blog

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer denied motions by 244 plaintiffs' lawyers who wanted Volkswagen to pay them for the time they spent on the clean diesel case, writes Reuters. Read More »

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