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. The Climate Change Tort Racket

    June 11, 2018 | News

    Plaintiffs' attorneys and left-leaning politicians are ganging up to shake down big oil, according to an editorial by The Wall Street Journal.... Read More

  2. BMS Battlegrounds: Practical Advice for Litigating Personal Jurisdiction After Bristol-Myers

    June 04, 2018 | Research

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court was a clear statement that the days of blatant, unchecked plaintiff forum shopping in search of outsized verdicts are at an end. ILR's research explores this paradigm shift and provides practical advice for defendants litigating BMS in the trenches.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - May 29, 2018

    May 29, 2018 | News

    California Senate Considering Bill to Regulate Medical Lawsuit Advertising; Personal Injury Lawyer Made $200K By Pocketing Lawsuit Loans on "Bogus" Lawsuits... Read More

  4. California Legislators Take on "Wild West" of Trial Attorney Advertising

    May 18, 2018 | News

    Yesterday, the California Assembly unanimously passed a bill to punish the practice of misleading attorney advertising for drug and medical device lawsuits, the Northern California Record reports. ... Read More

  5. California Assembly Passes Bill to Rein In Dangerous Trial Lawyer Advertising

    May 17, 2018 | Blogs

    This afternoon, the California State Assembly overwhelmingly passed A.B. 3217, a bill that would outlaw "materially misleading" drug and medical device lawsuit advertising.... Read More

  6. California Legislator Introduces Bill to Regulate "Materially Misleading" Plaintiffs' Lawyer Advertising

    May 17, 2018 | News

    Calif. Assemblymember Marc Berman (D) introduced a bill this week that would regulate advertisements from plaintiffs' lawyers that are "materially misleading," Bloomberg Business reports.... Read More

  7. Coming Soon to the Golden State: Truth in Legal Advertising

    May 16, 2018 | Blogs

    Plaintiffs' lawyers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lawsuit advertising. A lot of this money flows to ads for lawsuits targeting prescription drugs and medical devices. The imagery is all too familiar: the TV screen flashes red, an ambulance siren goes off, spray-tanned actors dressed like doctors pronounce exaggerated warnings in dire tones, and at the end a number shows up on screen and the viewer is encouraged to join a lawsuit.... Read More

  8. "Monkey Selfie" Lawsuit Comes to a Close

    April 24, 2018 | News

    The Ninth Circuit yesterday said Naruto the monkey cannot sue a photographer for copyright infringement, bringing the years long "monkey selfie" case to a close.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - April 16, 2018

    April 16, 2018 | News

    Despite Deal, 9th Circ. To Rule on "Monkey Selfie" Case... Read More

  10. In the News Today - April 12, 2018

    April 12, 2018 | News

    Class Action Against Odwalla for Allegedly Misleading "No Added Sugar" Label Hits Headwinds, As Product Does Not Actually Contain Added Sugar... Read More