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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"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 »

In the News Today - March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 | News and Blog

California "overly litigious culture" is one of the factors causing businesses to "relocate to state where they are welcomed," writes Kerry Jackson from the Pacific Research Institute. Jackson sites ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, noting that California was ranked 47th worst overall lawsuit environment in the country. Read More »

Yet Another Food Labeling Class Action Hits the Courts

March 01, 2017 | News and Blog

As ILR noted in its most recent report, The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation, food labeling litigation is on the rise, with over 170 new food class actions in federal court in 2016 as compared to about 20 in 2008. Read More »

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017 | News and Blog

Plaintiffs increased their filing of new federal class action securities cases by 44% in 2016 as compared to 2015. Additionally, 56 percent of all filings in 2016 took place in the Ninth and Second Circuits Read More »

In the News Today - February 6, 2017

February 06, 2017 | News and Blog

Most of the plaintiffs in product-liability cases filed against pharmaceutical manufacturers in California courts were brought by people who live in other states, finds a recent study by the Civil Justice Association of California. Read More »

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