California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Releases Results of Survey of Voter Views on Cost of Lawsuits

Legislators, Victims of Abusive Lawsuits Demand Action

 

SACRAMENTO – Supporters of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), a nonpartisan grassroots movement for legal reform, joined with legislators to discuss a recent survey of voters on the cost of lawsuits to California’s economy.

The survey found that voters across the political spectrum and from all parts of the state believe abusive lawsuits are hurting California’s ability to create jobs, and that voters are more likely to vote for candidates who support legal reform.

“The voters have said loud and clear that lawsuit abuse negatively affects our state,” said CALA Statewide Advisory Committee Member Travis Hausauer, owner of Sacramento’s iconic Squeeze Inn restaurant. “In fact, this survey found that two-thirds of California voters are likely to support a candidate who supports lawsuit reform as a way to create a better business environment in California.”

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. 

"Lawsuit abuse hurts the economy and costs jobs. Whether it is large companies facing class action lawsuits or small businesses getting hit with ADA lawsuits, California’s legal climate is known nationally as being unfriendly to business,” said Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton. “Yet at every turn, California chooses to allow lawsuits that hurt job and business growth.”

What’s more, the survey found that more than 7 out of 10 voters believe California’s liability laws make it harder for employers to do business and succeed in California, and 74 percent believe that enacting lawsuit reform is an important part of improving California’s business environment and attracting and keeping jobs.

“This survey shows Californians believe our liability laws make it harder for businesses to succeed and believe the only people who benefit from these laws are lawyers and people looking to win big money,” said Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, Vice Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.      

"California voters know how abusive lawsuits hurt the state,” said Assemblymember Linda Halderman. “With double-digit unemployment throughout the Central Valley, we can't afford inaction."      

The survey also found that 42 percent of voters believe personal injury lawyers benefit most from abusive lawsuits and 37 percent believe people looking for a way to win money benefit most, while only 4 percent believe injured people are the biggest beneficiaries.  

“The number of lawsuits filed in our state hurts our economy, and voters are concerned that these lawsuits will cost us even more jobs and slow our economic recovery,” said Assemblymember Curt Hagman.      

“Small businesses often face shakedown lawsuits even though no one has been hurt. It’s these types of lawsuits that force businesses to close or relocate out of the state,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/California Executive Director.      

The Bad Lawsuits Cost Good Jobs campaign is a grassroots effort that continues to show how lawsuit abuse is hurting California’s economy. It demonstrates the connection between litigation and jobs, and invites Californians to share their own stories of lawsuit abuse at its website, www.badlawsuitscostgoodjobs.com.

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.

 

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