Public agencies such as cities, counties, schools and prisons are often perceived as deep pockets, and are often the target of frivolous lawsuits. When such are sued, our taxpayer dollars pay litigation costs such as verdicts, settlements and outside counsel. In addition, when a public agency sues another public agency, taxpayer dollars are used to prosecute and defend the same case. Litigation costs are extremely difficult to plan for, as it is impossible to anticipate what lawsuits may be filed at any given time, and one big verdict or settlement can severely impact an entire program’s budget.
Why it Matters
Especially in these current economic times, money spent on litigation could certainly be better used for things such as teachers, school supplies, roads or parks. Californians are facing multiple tax increases and we should demand that our dollars not be spent foolishly.
Stop the Abuse
Think before you file a lawsuit, and encourage others to do so as well. Pay attention to how your tax dollars are being spent, and hold public officials accountable when dollars are wasted on unnecessary litigation.