California’s Legal Climate Continues to Get Worse
ranks 50th in the Institute for Legal Reform’s latest
survey of the lawsuit climates in each of the 50 states, a
regular assessment of state liability systems conducted by the
respected, nonpartisan Harris Interactive market research firm.
That’s down from 48th in the previous survey.
Making matters worse, Los Angeles, San Francisco – and the state
as a whole – were among the four least-fair jurisdictions in the
How bad is the problem? On average, more than four class action
lawsuits are filed in California every day the courts are open
for business. Plaintiffs’ lawyers file suit here because they
know the courts are often willing to certify class actions that
aren’t accepted in other states, and that our juries are more
willing than most to award costly verdicts in civil cases.
The state’s continued failure to enact meaningful legal reform
has a price: at a time when unemployment is growing, for many
companies the legal climate impacts decisions of where to
locate, expand, and create jobs.
Isn’t it time our policy makers take a hard look at meaningful
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