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. Lead paint: California court ruling is ridiculous

    February 03, 2014 | News and Blog

    It's not by accident that our organization consistently ranks California as having one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation. The recent absurdist lead paint decision more than lives up to that finding.... Read More

  2. Warning Labels Helping Lawyers, Not Consumers

    January 23, 2014 | News and Blog

    California's warning label law hasn't improved the health of the state's residents, writes Michael Marlow in the Wall Street Journal, but one group is benefiting - plaintiffs' lawyers.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - January 17, 2014

    January 17, 2014 | News and Blog

    The Department of Justice recently announced it collected $8 billion in civil and criminal settlements in 2013.... Read More

  4. Supreme Court Rules on International Claims & Class Actions

    January 15, 2014 | News and Blog

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed in California court against German automaker Daimler AG for alleged human rights violations in Argentina in the 1970s, unanimously ruling that American courts lack jurisdiction over the case.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - January 10, 2014

    January 10, 2014 | News and Blog

    A California judge has approved a $1.15 billion public nuisance award against three paint companies.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - December 31, 2013

    December 31, 2013 | News and Blog

    The National Law Journal looks back at the major bellwether cases from 2013 and where they are heading in 2014.... Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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