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. Rare Securities Verdict Results in Split Decision

    February 07, 2019 | News

    A California jury's verdict this week was an "extremely rare" occasion for securities class action lawsuits and the first since 2014, Kevin LaCroix reports in D&O Diary. ... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 6, 2019

    February 06, 2019 | News

    Business Groups Ask For Clarity on New California Data Privacy Law... Read More

  3. In the News Today - January 25, 2019

    January 25, 2019 | News

    "California Leads In Class Action Lawsuits;" Class Action Defense Lawyers Say Reassigned Number Database a "Positive First Step"... Read More

  4. In the News Today - January 22, 2019

    January 22, 2019 | News

    Coffee Warning Label Suit Like "Something You'd See in a Comedy Skit... Read More

  5. A 2019 Field Guide to California Class Actions

    January 18, 2019 | News

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  6. Lawsuit Over Coffee Warning Labels Named Most Ridiculous of 2018

    December 18, 2018 | Press Release

    A lawsuit targeting California coffee houses for not including warning labels on their products tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2018. ... Read More

  7. In the News Today - December 6, 2018

    December 06, 2018 | News

    California Appeals Court Says Class Actions Can't Be Brought Under State's Right to Repair Act... Read More

  8. Recent Settlement Could Be First Test of Northern California's New Settlement Rules

    November 16, 2018 | News

    Lawyers have submitted new information to the Northern District of California judge that oversaw the $85 million Yahoo data breach settlement in what National Law Journal says could be the "first test case" for the court's new class settlement guidance. ... Read More

  9. In the News Today - November 15, 2018

    November 15, 2018 | News

    Is the Scope of Illinois' Biometric Privacy Law Expanding?; California Jury Clears Johnson & Johnson in Talc Case... Read More

  10. Former SEC Commissioner: California Pension Voters Want "Performance Over Politics"

    October 19, 2018 | News

    Paul Atkins, a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commissioner and the current CEO of Patomak Global partners, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the California Public Employees' Retirement System's vote to change its leadership is a sign investors want to "prioritize performance over politics."... Read More