Report Highlights Merced Union High School District's Spending on Lawsuits

CALA regional director Maryann Marino was quoted in the Merced Sun Star about the CALA "Lessons in Litigation Report" and Merced Union High School District's spending on lawsuits. Here is what she had to say:

"Merced Union High School District was one of 12 school districts across the state featured in a report released by California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) this month about the impact of litigation on California's schools. The total litigation costs for all 12 school districts mentioned was $98.7 million -- a number CALA would like to see reduced. The statewide anti-lawsuit abuse organization revealed that the Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) spent $884,309 on outside counsel costs between 2006 and 2009. Many of the lawsuits filed are justified, but CALA is speaking out against those that are filed to pursue greed and not justice, according to the organization. Maryann Marino, regional director for CALA, said when unwarranted lawsuits are brought forward, everyone loses. "Hopefully, laws will be passed to curb unwarranted lawsuits," she added."

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