FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Maryann Maloney
September 12, 2012
San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, Small Business Owners Unite to Fight Lawsuit Abuse
Business Owners and Community Leaders Call for Legal Reform to Spur Job Creation, Protect Small Businesses and Decrease Costs to Taxpayers
SAN DIEGO - City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joined community leaders and small business owners today to rally with California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), a nonpartisan grassroots movement fighting against lawsuit abuse, to raise public awareness about how abuse of the legal system hurts job creation and negatively impacts the local economy.
San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith highlighted how abusive lawsuits against the City of San Diego wastes taxpayer dollars and costs jobs.
"We all know lawsuit abuse damages our economy and stifles job creation, but it also hurts local governments," said Goldsmith. "When the City of San Diego is wrongly sued, it must spend tax dollars to defend itself. These funds could certainly be better used for things such as teachers, school supplies, roads or parks."
A recent survey of Californians found that approximately two-thirds of California voters believe that the number of lawsuits filed against businesses or public entities in California has hurt the state's economy. According to the survey, 74% believe that enacting lawsuit reform is an important part of improving California's business environment and attracting and keeping jobs.
"With the state economy struggling, stopping lawsuit abuse needs to be a part of the solution," said Maryann Marino, Regional Director California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. "California needs more jobs, not more lawsuits."
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the negative effects of lawsuit abuse and challenging those who abuse our legal system for personal gain.