March 5, 2020
For most businesses, their state’s legal climate is rarely an acute concern — until they are sued.
WEST VIRGINIA: Supporters of intermediate court say it will help businesses, but others say it will hurt West Virginians
March 4, 2020
CHARLESTON — West Virginians have had at least three years to refine their opinions on whether the state needs an appeals court between the county-level circuit courts and the state Supreme Court.
March 3, 2020
Small business owners across the state of Missouri are thanking the senate for passing legislation that would make Missouri a more friendly place to own and run a small business.
February 27, 2020
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The longstanding issue of whether West Virginia should establish an intermediate appellate court has hit the House of Delegates.
LOUISIANA: Report: Excessive lawsuit costs subtract almost $2 billion and 20,000 jobs from Louisiana's economy
February 13, 2020
Groups calling for an overhaul of Louisiana’s legal system say “excessive” litigation costs subtract $1.9 billion from the state’s annual economic output, leading to the loss of 19,794 jobs and a per-person “tort tax” of $417.72.
CALIFORNIA: Executive Director of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Ken Barnes on California Dropping to #2 on the Judicial 'Hellhole' Report
December 11, 2019
Ken Barnes of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse joined Lu Parker, Sam Rubin, Jessica Holmes and Kaj Goldberg on the set of the KTLA 5 Morning News at 10a.
CALIFORNIA: Legal advertising and geofencing may be skewing jury pools and damaging public perception
November 13, 2019
Trial lawyer ads are dominating the airwaves, and that’s becoming a bigger problem as high-profile lawsuits continue to make their way into the headlines. California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse’s Maryann Marino recently spoke to the Northern California Record about some of the trial lawyer advertising trends across the country.
November 8, 2019
Proposition 65 has a habit of making headlines for all the ridiculous lawsuits it causes. Recently, however, California’s farmers have been put at risk thanks to revived efforts to add glyphosate to Prop. 65’s list of hazardous chemicals. Read this article in the Visalia Times Delta to learn why doing so would be a mistake that could hurt farmers across the state.
October 30, 2019
One letter to The News-Press recently detailed the ways that lawsuit abuse is hurting Florida’s small businesses and, in turn, the state economy as a whole. Learn more about what they think can be done to alleviate the lawsuit abuse burden on the state’s small businesses.
CALIFORNIA: CALA exec discusses PAGA lawsuits in wake of county supervisor's op-ed calling for reform
October 29, 2019
California’s Private Attorney General Act, or PAGA for short, has been a primary contributor to lawsuit abuse in recent years. California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Executive Director Ken Barnes recently spoke about how PAGA lawsuits have hurt businesses in the state through all sorts of claims.
October 25, 2019
Frivolous lawsuits are a major problem for Florida businesses. Florida Daily reports on a recent roundtable discussion featuring many of the state’s business leaders, who talked about the issue and what can finally be done to ease the costs of lawsuit abuse for Florida businessowners.
October 21, 2019
The West Virginia State Supreme Court has been taking important steps away from mistakes of the past, and West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse wants to make sure it keeps moving forward. The West Virginia Record looks at some of what’s contributed to the court’s improved reputation, and what could still set it back.
October 15, 2019
California’s labor laws have been a major source of lawsuit abuse, including the state’s open-ended Private Attorneys General Act. Check out this piece in The Modesto Bee for one county supervisor’s breakdown of how California trial lawyers have used loopholes in the law to go after massive court awards and settlements.
October 10, 2019
The first week of October marks Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, but the push for reform can’t end once the week is done. A recent post on Fox & Hounds talked about why the fight against lawsuit abuse needs to be a year-round effort in California.
October 7, 2019
Arbitration plays an important role in keeping lawsuit abuse at bay, but efforts are underway in California to ban arbitration in employment settings. Ken Barnes, Executive Director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, recently spoke to the Northern California Record about how doing so would be detrimental to the state’s businesses.
October 2, 2019
One supporter of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recently wrote to the Event-News Enterprise to talk about the toll lawsuit abuse is taking on California’s businesses and state economy. Read his piece to learn more about how trial lawyers are misusing the state’s labor laws to score a big payday on the citizens’ dime.
LOUISIANA: Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch: Reform critical to lower skyrocketing auto insurance rates
September 19, 2019
Auto insurance rates continue to rise in Louisiana, and lawsuit abuse plays a big part in that. Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable recently spoke to the Louisiana Record about how, as well as what reforms are needed to finally get auto insurance rates under control in Louisiana.
September 19, 2019
One ranking of lawsuit climates across the United States ranked West Virginia 45th in the country. According to West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse’s Greg Thomas, that is in large part due to certain aspects of the state’s legal system that are “out-of-step” with states that have better lawsuit climates.
September 18, 2019
Legal services ads on TV may seem harmless, but they can pose a serious risk to patients with some misleading messages about their medication. In this article, Past President of Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Dr. Christine L. Canterbury highlights how Texas is working to improve things with new laws requiring proper warnings and disclosures in future ads.
August 30, 2019
Stopping lawsuit abuse is necessary for building a vibrant business community. Unfortunately, Louisiana is learning that the hard way with recent rankings that listed the state’s business climate at 46th in the nation. Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable spoke to the Louisiana Record about what the state needs to fix.
August 30, 2019
Florida took an important step toward curbing lawsuit abuse by passing Assignment of Benefits reform, but the state can’t stop now. This article in The Florida Times-Union takes a look at how the recent reform will help, with an eye toward what should come next.
August 29, 2019
A transparent legal system is critical to ensuring a fair civil justice system. Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable spoke to the Louisiana Record about an initiative from the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry which she says helps to “highlight strengths in the current system, as well as areas that voters might think worthy of improvement.”
ILLINOIS: Hidden 'tort tax' from heavy lawsuit activity costing Chicago area residents $800 each, every year, new report says
August 27, 2019
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recently released a new report alongside the Illinois Civil Justice League to bring attention to the cost that every Illinois resident pays for lawsuit abuse. This piece from the Cook County Record breaks down some of the findings, including the fact that lawsuit abuse contributes to 68,000 lost jobs every year in Illinois.
August 27, 2019
Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recently held a luncheon to bring light to the issues posed by lawsuit abuse. In attendance was former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who spoke about the importance of unity. KRIS 6 News covered Gowdy’s remarks in this piece.
August 19, 2019
Which legislators are really standing up for citizens? That’s what Lana Venable, Executive Director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, recently said voters should be asking when they cast their ballots. She highlighted some recent proposals for the Louisiana Record that could have finally provided relief from the state’s rising auto insurance rates, but that were ultimately stopped by lawmakers who put the trial bar above constituents.
July 20, 2019
When California passed sweeping data privacy regulations last year, it left open some significant loopholes that posed a serious threat to small businesses in the state. Thankfully, the state legislature has been hard at work on measures to close them, and California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Ken Barnes recently explained to the Northern California Record how those efforts will provide relief to the state’s job creators.
July 1, 2019
With so many trial lawyer ads flooding our TVs, it’s easy to mistake ploys for more clients with genuine medical advice. In this article, Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse sets the facts straight and shows how you can avoid being the next target of deceptive legal services advertising.
June 27, 2019
Lawsuit abuse comes with a cost, and we all foot the bill. Unfortunately, this can have devastating consequences for the small businesses that help our communities thrive. In the Orlando Sentinel, NFIB Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle outlines a new report released alongside CALA showing how small businesses and their employees are hurt by the copious lawsuit abuse allowed to run rampant in the state.
June 12, 2019
Prop. 65 has provided a seemingly bottomless well of material for new lawsuits, but California thankfully put an end to one ridiculous push to make businesses put cancer warnings on their coffee. While that was a step forward, there is still more work to do, as California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse’s Julie Griffiths explains in The Wall Street Journal.
June 6, 2019
Lawsuit abuse has been a problem in Louisiana for a long time, and citizens are taking notice. As more and more people realize the costs associated with runaway litigation, they are speaking out and telling lawmakers they’re fed up. In this piece for the Shreveport Times, Robert Mills explains the lawsuit abuse epidemic in the state, and how groups like Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch are working to set things right.
June 5, 2019
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse was recently joined by NFIB Florida to discuss the state’s most recent legislative session, as well as to rollout out the latest CALA report revealing the damage lawsuit abuse inflicts on the Florida’s communities and small businesses. See this piece by Florida Politics to learn why, while Assignment of Benefits reform may be a good start, there is still more work to do in the session ahead.
LOUISIANA: Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch executive director says gubernatorial candidates must address tort reform
June 2, 2019
This fall, the people of Louisiana will go to the polls to select their governor. The Louisiana Record reports on why Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable believes the candidates this time around “will have no choice but to address lawsuit abuse as a central campaign issue.”
May 28, 2019
Lawsuits over Louisiana’s coastline continue to be a major issue for the state. The Louisiana Record reports on why Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable thinks they could continue to cause problems for the state, and how the lawsuits are “counterproductive and have a real impact on both families and the local economy.”
May 13, 2019
California has faced a slew of lawsuits misusing the Americans with Disabilities Act in recent years. Thankfully, one District Attorney in the state took steps to fight back against attorneys known for filing lawsuits which abused the measure, earning praise from California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. The Murrietta Patch reports on his efforts to curb the “shakedown” local trial lawyers were using to target local businesses for big money.
May 2, 2019
In this letter to Tallahassee Reports, one local businessowner discusses the reverberating effects that worker’s compensation suits can have on small businesses, and why such issues are often better addressed outside of the courtroom.
April 26, 2019
Louisiana has an election coming up this year, which could make things complicated when it comes to pursuing meaningful civil justice reform. See why Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable says reform could be a challenge in the Louisiana Record.
TEXAS: New report shows Texans bombarded with ads for legal services, $4.1M spent in final quarter of 2018
April 17, 2019
Texas trial lawyers continue to spend millions on advertising in pursuit of new clients. Read this article to see the data from the latest report released by the American Tort Reform Association which sheds light on the lengths lawyers will go to in order to muster up business in the state, and why Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse Chairman Marcus Jahns says they can be dangerous.
TEXAS: Texas Senate passes bill seeking to bring transparency and accountability to lawyer health advertising
April 11, 2019
All those legal services ads that consume the commercial breaks during your favorite shows pose a serious risk to patients. Citing Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse data showing 82 percent of doctors believe the ads could lead to patients not taking medications as prescribed, this article details how the Texas Senate is taking action.
April 11, 2019
The data doesn’t lie: lawsuit abuse is hurting the Louisiana economy. Check out the latest report from Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch to learn more about the true costs of frivolous litigation.
CALIFORNIA: Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse says arbitration could reduce costs of San Francisco city worker lawsuits
April 9, 2019
Arbitration agreements play a critical role in avoiding bloated legal settlements on the taxpayers’ money. As California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Regional Director Maryann Marino tells the Northern California Record, they are imperative to finding an agreement that makes sense without costing a fortune.
April 9, 2019
One Louisiana gubernatorial candidate noticed a lot of billboards advertising trial lawyers along Louisiana highways, so he decided to take action in a unique way. He bought his own billboard emblazoned with the line, “I Bought This Billboard So The Injury Attorneys Couldn’t.” Read this piece to find out why Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable thinks the message will resonate with voters in the state.
LOUISIANA: Letter to the editor: Dangerous precedent being set by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
March 5, 2019
In this letter, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable outlines the ways coastal lawsuits in the state push the law further than intended, and bring outside lawyers into a venue meant for duly elected officials. As she says, “our system of checks and balances breaks down when lawsuits are substituted for policy.”
February 25, 2019
As Raymond Johnson writes in this piece, not all lawyers are bad, but there are too many bad ones running amok in Florida. By taking advantage of Assignment of Benefits Agreements, they have managed to inflate insurance claims, squeezing insurance companies for millions and forcing them to raise rates, which means small businesses and everyday Americans are left to foot the bill.
February 18, 2019
It’s well-documented that insurance rates in Louisiana are among America’s highest. As Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and other experts have mentioned, this points to a dangerously prominent “culture of litigation” against insurance providers, forcing them to raise rates while they fend off a bombardment of court challenges.
LOUISIANA: Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says state ‘at a critical juncture’ regarding legal system reforms
February 5, 2019
In February, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and other local business associations got together to highlight what changes need to improve the legal environment in the state. Read on to find out why LLAW Executive Director Lana Venable says the state is at a “critical juncture” in the fight for change.
December 25, 2018
In this piece for The Daily Caller, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable highlights the abuses of our civil justice system across America, elaborating on their devastating effects on communities and businesses. Pointing to Louisiana as a cautionary tale of the harm the costs those abuses can bring, Venable brings attention to the very real consequences of lawsuit abuse.
January 8, 2019
Illustrating the dire consequences of letting lawsuit abuse run rampant, William Large looks at the suits trial lawyers are currently pursuing against Florida nursing homes. Without action, Large says, seniors around the state could experience a drop in their quality of care.
WEST VIRGINIA: Survey says most residents want intermediate court, trial lawyers group calls it unnecessary
January 25, 2019
West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recently conducted a survey of the state’s residents and found significant support for reasonable tort reforms. Among them are the implementation of an intermediate appellate court, changes to seatbelt liability, and adjustments to personal injury claims.
LOUISIANA: Louisiana Mid-Content Oil and Gas Association calls for policies that will improve state’s broken legal climate
January 17, 2019
Voicing the organization’s agreement with Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Venable, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association President Tyler Gray spoke with the Louisiana Record about the state’s legal climate. In the piece, Gray says, "For Louisiana to be successful, our state needs policies that will improve our broken legal climate and create a better environment for all businesses to operate.”
December 21, 2018
California has been ranked number one in the 2018-2019 Judicial Hellholes List as the most unfair and unbalanced judicial system in the country, thanks to abusive “no-injury” litigation.
December 16, 2018
Don Brown, a former Florida state representative, discusses the dire need for lawsuit reform in the Florida legislature and the state’s recent ranking as a ‘Judicial Hellhole.’
December 12, 2018
Frivolous lawsuits are causing Floridians’ health, car and homeowner insurance policies to skyrocket to unaffordable levels, In the past, the Florida legislature has failed to address this issue, but Governor Ron DeSantis’s Supreme Court picks could influence and push for a legislative solution.
December 11, 2018
For the past two years in a row, California topped ATRA’s annual ‘Judicial Hellholes’ report. Abusive litigation and massive settlements have caused California taxpayers both millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs.
LOUISIANA: Louisiana's 'judicial hellhole' rating is no surprise, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says
December 10, 2018
For the ninth consecutive year, Louisiana has been named a ‘Judicial Hellhole,’ Lawsuit abuse watchdogs cited lawsuits against energy companies that allege coastal damage is linked to their operations, tort lawsuits regarding Americans with Disability Act compliancy issues and auto insurance premiums as reasons for the classification.
December 4, 2018
For the second year in a row, both Madison and St. Clair Counties were considered two of the worst jurisdictions in the country. Due to high volumes of abuse litigation, they ranked on the ‘Judicial Hellholes” list.
December 4, 2018
The increase of “no-injury” consumer class action lawsuits targeting the labeling of food products like cake mix or barbecue products put the Illinois’ Metro-East on the annual ‘Judicial Hellholes’ list.
December 4, 2018
After the yearlong state Supreme Court drama, West Virginia was put on the watchlist for this year’s annual “Judicial Hellholes’ report.
December 4, 2018
Once again, Texas managed to avoid landing on the ‘Judicial Hellhole’ ranking list this year. However, they secured a ‘Dishonorable Mention’
November 13, 2018
As Louisiana continues to be a Judicial Hellhole, people around the state are beginning to call for reform. Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and others have highlighted the economic impact of lawsuit abuse in recent weeks, and the toll that takes on the state.
LOUISIANA: Growing list of tort reform proponents should speak volumes, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association says
November 13, 2018
As an increasing number of people take notice of the harmful effects of excessive litigation across Louisiana, citizens and businesses alike are speaking out. Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch continues its efforts to garner support for meaningful reform and strip Louisiana of its “Judicial Hellhole” label.
October 25, 2018
Stephanie Riegel, Editor at the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report discusses grassroots efforts in the state to bring attention to the excessive costs of litigation in Louisiana. Without serious reform, costs will continue to rise and Louisiana taxpayers will be the ones footing the bill.
LOUISIANA: Suits regarding accidents at truck stop may be case of 'jackpot justice,' Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says
November 5, 2018
Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) recently spoke to the Louisiana Record about a string of lawsuits over accidents at a local truck stop. Unfortunately, these often lack a solid grounding and contribute to the state’s already skyrocketing insurance costs.
October 25, 2018
According to a Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse study, tort costs have caused Florida to lose $11 billion in productivity. Florida Justice Reform Institute, a Tallahassee- based group, has been lobbying for tort reform for years and support CALA’s efforts.
October 15, 2018
A study conducted by Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse found that in 2018, the state’s economy lost $1.1 billion a year and more than 15,500 jobs. Further, the study claims the Louisiana state government loses 76.4 million a year in revenues as a result of excessive legal costs.
October 5, 2018
Consumers and lawyers have been abusing Proposition 65, a warning and signage requirement that has taken effect under California’s Safe Drinking Water Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse encourages business owners to set aside a little time to become familiar with OEHHA requirements as a way to protect themselves against meritless Prop. 65 litigation.
October 1, 2018
Governor Brown’s veto on AB 3080 helps to limit unnecessary lawsuits against employers which essentially harm jobs and growth of small business. Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, one of the opponents of Assembly Bill, called the legislation “incredibly flawed” and praised Brown for “doing the right thing.”
September 26, 2018
Over the course of the past year, there has been a 36 percent increase in lawsuits against Louisiana’s small business community, forcing these businesses to use scarce resources.
September 10, 2018
Legal advertisements have been infiltrating Louisiana, particularly on the roadways. Lawyers are vowing to defend drivers and potential clients, but are they actually?
August 30, 2018
Tort reform is a slow process and it can seem impossible, especially when advocating for substantive improvements that curtail income to trial lawyers. The worst thing Floridians can do here is nothing, it’s time to stand up for our businesses and communities and put an end to lawsuit abuse.
August 8, 2018
The Chamber continues to monitor and oppose the, “Personal Data Collection and Protection Ordinance.” There is no quicker way to prevent job announcements such as the one announced, than to seek a patchwork approach to policy that is designed only to enrich trial attorneys by opening up employers to frivolous lawsuits.
June 29, 2018
Jennifer Harris, Director of Texas Against Lawsuit Abuse issued a statement condemning New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit of ExxonMobil, which warranted subsequent lawsuits against large corporations, while abusing taxpayer dollars.
LOUISIANA: Director of Louisiana lawsuit watchdog group calls climate change lawsuits against big oil misguided
June 26, 2018
Louisiana has seen an increase in lawsuits against corporations. Director of the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, Melissa Landry said, “It is further proof that American’s are being sold a dangerous bill of goods by those who promise that lawsuits provide viable solutions to addressing coastal erosion.”
June 8, 2018
Former Executive Director for the Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, Travis Akin sat down for an interview to discuss the importance of Illinois adopting sound lawsuit reform legislation.
May 29, 2018
Texas has seen a rise in trial attorneys soliciting citizens. Jennifer Harris of Texas Against Lawsuit Abuse issues this warning to Texans.
May 17, 2018
West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse applauds the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia for refusing to adopt ‘innovator liability,’ which attempts to hold makers of brand-name drugs liable for injuries allegedly caused by a generic version of a medication.
May 3, 2018
CALA spokesperson, Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, supports Governor Abbott’s declaration of Jury appreciation week, saying that “a robust jury system is essential to protect our rights as Americans and ensure all defendants are treated fairly in a court room.”
January 31, 2018
Californian Citizens for Lawsuit abuse, Julie Griffiths refutes an ADA lawsuit calling it a waste of time, resources, and money.