Class actions are a means for numerous plaintiffs with similar
claims to bring a single lawsuit. Both California state and
federal courts are magnets for class action lawsuits.
At the state level, California does not provide state judges with
enough tools and guidelines to stop frivolous class action
lawsuit from going forward. At the federal level, California
federal courts are also more lax than other jurisdictions.
Statistics are telling. California accounts for more than 50
percent of all federal class actions filed nationally, according
to an article in Law360 by Covington & Burling. Even more class
actions are filed in California state court, but those figures
are not tracked.
Another study by Bryan Cave on data breach class actions
shows California is the top-choice litigation forum regardless of
the location of defendant. The Northern District of California
and the Central District of California saw 28% of all class
action data breach litigation during 2017 and 39% of all class
action data breach litigation during 2018.
California needs class action reform at both the state and
federal level to reign in class action abuses.