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California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Launches “Bad Lawsuits Cost Good Jobs” Campaign
Legislators, Victims of Abusive Lawsuits Demand Action
SACRAMENTO – California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), launched its “Bad Lawsuits Cost Good Jobs” campaign today at the Capitol.
Legislators and victims of abusive lawsuits joined CALA supporters at the Capitol to condemn California’s status as one of the most litigious states in the nation and push for reform of the legal system, making the connection that bad lawsuits cost good jobs.
“With millions of Californians out of work, we need to end the abuse of our legal system that is stifling economic growth in this state,” said CALA Co-chairman David Houston. “As a small business owner and lawsuit abuse victim, I know firsthand that lawsuit abuse is hurting California.”
CALA also released a report highlighting how abuse of the legal system is holding back California’s economic recovery. The report identifies common abuses of the legal system, explains how they impede job creation, and provides examples of lawsuit abuse from all over California.
“California consistently chooses lawsuits over jobs. Rather than pursuing no-cost, common-sense solutions that will reform our civil justice system, our state encourages costly litigation that is derailing economic growth and chasing jobs away from our state,” said state Senator Jean Fuller.
“California’s businesses spend more money on lawyers and courtrooms rather than expanding and hiring people,” said state Senator Tom Harman. “CALA is right to expose the impact unnecessary litigation has on jobs.”
“More than any other state, California continually chooses to create laws that hurt employers and small business owners. If we are serious about growing our economy and attracting new jobs, then it’s time we stand up to the personal injury bar and rein in its abuse of our legal system,” said Assemblymember Donald P. Wagner.
“Excessive abuse of the legal system is threatening small business throughout California,” said Assemblymember Linda Halderman.
“Our lawsuit-happy legal climate fuels abusive lawsuits, not job growth,” said Assemblymember Curt Hagman. “We need to close legal loopholes that invite abuse.”
The Bad Lawsuits Cost Good Jobs campaign is a grassroots effort to show how lawsuit abuse is hurting California’s economy. It will demonstrate the connection between litigation and jobs, and invite Californians to share their own stories of lawsuit abuse at its website, www.badlawsuitscostgoodjobs.com.
“Everywhere you look – from our courts to our state legislature to the office of our attorney general – California chooses to create obstacles for employers and small business owners by encouraging more lawsuits,” said Houston. “It’s time to stop this abuse of our legal system that chases jobs away from our state.”
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.