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Liability Reform Insider is CJAC’s regular update of developments in the California Legislature, appellate courts, and more impacting civil liability.

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Press Release

Civil Justice Association of California Announces 2021 Triple Threat Bills

April 15, 2021

Bills on the list will lead to frivolous suits, excessive lawyer fees and fiscal problems

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – April 15, 2021 – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has released its list of Triple Threat Bills for the 2021 legislative year, highlighting the organization’s top priority bills that threaten to undermine fairness and balance in the state’s civil justice system.

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CJAC Urges CA Supreme Court to Uphold Med-Mal Damages Cap

CJAC Liability Reform Insider (March 2021) – On March 1, CJAC filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in Marisol Lopez v. Glenn Ledesma, M.D., et al., S262487.
 
In this case, at bench trial the plaintiff won $11,200 for economic damages and $4.25 million in non-economic damages in her medical malpractice action for the death of her four-year-old daughter. The court then reduced the non-economic damage award to $250,000 pursuant to MICRA.
 

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CJAC Win: Non-Economic Damages Apportionment

CJAC Liability Reform Insider (March 2021) – In a major victory on the side of fair apportionment of non-economic damages, the Second Appellate District Court issued a unanimous, unpublished decision on March 25 in Putt v. CBS Corporation (Ford Motor Co.), which reversed the jury’s apportionment of 100% of fault to Ford for plaintiff’s injury.

CJAC originally filed an amici brief, joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,  in the case on January 6.

In the opinion, the court remanded for a new trial on the issues of:

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