California

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 - December 18, 2013

    December 18, 2013 | News and Blog

    The Associated Press quoted ILR president Lisa Rickard on a California decision ordering three paint companies to pay $1.1 billion. "This ruling opens the flood gates for a surge of frivolous lawsuits and sets a dangerous precedent for other activist courts across the country to follow," she cautions.... Read More

  2. Paint Makers Ordered to Pay $1.1 Billion

    December 17, 2013 | News and Blog

    A California Superior Court judge has ordered three paint companies to pay $1.1 billion into a fund to cover the cost of lead paint clean up in 10 counties throughout the state.... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber Denounces Santa Clara County Court's Lead Paint Ruling

    December 17, 2013 | Press Release

    ILR President Lisa A. Rickard issued the following statement today denouncing the Santa Clara County Superior Court's decision to expand liability to companies for selling products that they had no way of knowing could harm consumers.... Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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