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 - September 8, 2014

    September 08, 2014 | News and Blog

    A new case that could be considered by the Supreme Court may determine how quickly generic drug makers "need to match changes in labeling that are made by equivalent brand-name medicines."... Read More

  2. In The News Today - September 4, 2014

    September 04, 2014 | News and Blog

    In the largest TCPA settlement ever obtained, a California federal judge has approved a $32 million settlement resolving claims that Bank of America Corp. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to an order filed Friday approving the deal.... Read More

  3. Orange County, CA District Attorney Takes Duplicative Legal Action Against GM

    July 01, 2014 | News and Blog

    Orange County, CA District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is taking legal action against General Motors, charging the company with, "unfair business practices and deceptive marketing for concealing ignition-related defects and others in order to boost its bottom line," reports The New York Times.... Read More

  4. In The News Today - June 26, 2014

    June 26, 2014 | News and Blog

    The California Supreme Court's decision this week in Arshavir Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles was supportive of employer arbitration agreements, "but left open a door for plaintiffs attorneys looking to keep their claims in court."... Read More

  5. Campaign Contributor Law Firm Stands to Make $6.75 Million from CA's 'Unclaimed Property' Program

    June 13, 2014 | News and Blog

    Yesterday, we posted about a media report that detailed the significant amount of campaign contributions California Controller John Chiang, who is running for re-election as state treasurer, has raised from a law firm hired on a contingency-fee basis to assist the state in collecting unclaimed property.... Read More

  6. California Latest State to be Dogged by Cash-For-Contracts Questions in State Unclaimed Property Program

    June 12, 2014 | News and Blog

    During the past year, ILR has been ringing the bell about the increasingly aggressive tactics of private auditing firms, hired by states, to collect purportedly unclaimed property on behalf of the state in exchange for a contingency fee.... Read More

  7. In The News Today - June 9, 2014

    June 09, 2014 | News and Blog

    A Maryland judge has, "freed Pfizer Inc. from a personal injury suit blaming insulation manufactured by its defunct subsidiary Quigley Co" in an asbestos suit. ... Read More

  8. In the News Today - April 1, 2014

    April 01, 2014 | News and Blog

    Plaintiffs' lawyers want to consolidate the GM recall litigation in California before the same judge who approved a $1.6 billion consumer class action settlement against Toyota in 2012.... Read More

  9. California Considering Another Labeling Law That Could Lead to More Class Actions

    March 31, 2014 | News and Blog

    If a proposed labeling rule is made into law, California could see a surge of consumer class actions similar to what happened with Proposition 65.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - March 27, 2014

    March 27, 2014 | News and Blog

    A judge is scheduled to hear arguments from a number of companies - including Ford and Aetna - to unseal evidence in a case that found lawyers were withholding and manipulating evidence in order to boost asbestos payouts.... Read More