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Stay current on the civil justice debate in California. View news stories, press releases, and the latest on CJAC’s civil justice reform efforts. 

Press Release

Civil Justice Association of California awards “Civil Justice Gavel” to Senators Chang and Glazer

July 29, 2020

Civil Justice Association of California awards “Civil Justice Gavel” to Senators Chang and Glazer
Senators recognized as legislative champions of legal reform

Sacramento, Calif., July 29, 2020 – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), on behalf of its board and membership, is pleased to present the first annual Civil Justice Gavel Award to Senators Ling Ling Chang (R – Diamond Bar) and Steven Glazer (D – Orinda).

Press Release

Too Soon to Enact Another Expansive Privacy Statute by Initiative

June 25, 2020

Too Soon to Enact Another Expansive Privacy Statute by Initiative CPRA threatens California Businesses with excessive litigation

Sacramento, Calif., June 25, 2020 – The Civil Justice Association of California released the following statement from President and CEO, Kyla Christoffersen Powell regarding the eligibility of the California Privacy Rights Act for the November 2020 ballot.

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State should protect essential businesses from frivolous and predatory lawsuits

CalMatters - June 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an extremely trying situation for essential businesses, which have stepped up in amazing and heroic ways to provide the goods and services that Californians rely on daily.

But as the state eases quarantine restrictions and takes steps to reopen, essential businesses face yet another devastating threat to operations – predatory lawsuits. A wave of coming litigation capitalizing on this pandemic threatens to further burden essential businesses and greatly exacerbate economic recovery in California and across the nation.

Press Release

Civil Justice Association and Industry Leaders Request COVID-19 Emergency Liability Reduction

April 21, 2020

Critical services threatened by litigation amidst supporting efforts

Sacramento, Calif., April 21, 2020 – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) with a coalition of almost four dozen business organizations representing a broad range of California industry sectors have sent a letter to Governor Newsom requesting immediate action to address a mounting threat of litigation against critical businesses and nonprofits working during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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Calif. Auto Defect Law Incentivizes Overlitigation

Law 360 - April 7, 2020

California’s so-called lemon law, made up of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and the Tanner Consumer Protection Act, was meant to help consumers obtain quick resolution for serious vehicle defects. Under the law, if a vehicle is not repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, the consumer is entitled to a prompt replacement or refund of the purchase price.

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Businesses Struggle to Comply With Unclear ADA Website Requirements

OC Register - December 7, 2019

With a number of new landmark laws going into effect January 1, California’s businesses face heavier burdens than ever before. Businesses, both small and large, are struggling to comply with policies such as the California Consumer Privacy Act and Assembly Bill 5, the codification of the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision.

Yet another issue looming large for business owners is a resurgence of shakedown lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits – this time over website violations.

Press Release

Civil Justice Association of California Names Jaime Renee Huff Vice President of Public Policy

October 10, 2019

Jaime Huff

Sacramento, California – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) today announced that it has hired Jaime Huff as Vice President of Public Policy, filling the open chief lobbyist position at the organization. Ms. Huff will begin October 14, 2019.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Jaime Huff’s experience and expertise join the CJAC Team,” said President and CEO Kyla Christoffersen Powell. “Her legal and policy background are major assets to our organization and will be a vital part of our ability to effectively advocate for legal reform.”

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AB 1270 – A Shakedown in Search of a Problem

Daily Journal - August 29, 2019

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The trial lawyer bar is pushing a bill to change and expand laws to “solve” tax fraud with a vague and confusing piece of legislation that promotes frivolous shakedown lawsuits. The last thing California needs right now is another shakedown lawsuit mechanism to trap unwary businesses.

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