CALA in the News

CALIFORNIA: CCALA pleased with passing of bill that closed Citizens’ Privacy Act loophole

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.

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TEXAS: Don’t Let A Lawyer Be Your Doctor: Ignore These “Bad Drug” Ads

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.

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FLORIDA: Small businesses hardest hit by lawsuit abuse

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.

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CALIFORNIA: End of a Silly California Coffee Cancer Scare

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.

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LOUISIANA: Robert Mills: The high cost of lawsuit abuse

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.

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FLORIDA: Tort reform advocates outline legislative agenda

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.

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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.”

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LOUISIANA: Coastal lawsuits put residents and local economy at risk, LLAW says

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.”

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CALIFORNIA: DA Praised For Civil Action Against Alleged 'Shakedown' Lawyers

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.

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FLORIDA: Putting Safety First

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.

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LOUISIANA: Civil justice reform a tall order for an election year, LLAW exec says

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.

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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.

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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.

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LOUISIANA: LLAW: Excessive civil tort costs take a toll on Louisiana's taxpayers and economy

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.

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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.

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LOUISIANA: Billboards mocking attorneys could help Rispone, says LLAW

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.

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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.”

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FLORIDA: Guest Column: Our state badly needs tort reform

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.

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LOUISIANA: Experts say Louisiana’s high insurance rates reflect a culture of litigation

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.

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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.

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LOUISIANA: Opinion: Lawsuit Abuse Is Running Rampant In Louisiana

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.

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FLORIDA: Lawsuits are hurting Florida’s nursing homes and patients

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.

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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.

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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.”

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CALIFORNIA: Study shows CA has most unfair and unbalanced judicial system in the U.S.

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.

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FLORIDA: DON BROWN: Inaccuracy in damages a problem in Florida

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.’

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FLORIDA: Litigation continues to drive up insurance premiums

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.

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CALIFORNIA: California retakes position as number one judicial hellhole in America

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.

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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.

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ILLINOIS: Madison, St. Clair Counties ranked eighth on ‘Judicial Hellholes’ list

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.

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ILLINOIS: The metro-east is still considered one of the country’s worst ‘judicial hellholes’

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.

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WEST VIRGINIA: Supreme Court chaos leaves West Virginia on ATRA's Judicial Hellhole Watch 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.

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TEXAS: ‘Massive’ judgments earn Texas ‘Dishonorable Mention’ on ‘Judicial Hellhole’ 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’

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LOUISIANA: Writer makes case for need to reform 'judicial hellhole'

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.

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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.

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LOUISIANA: Riegel: The time has come in Louisiana for tort reform

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.

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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.

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FLORIDA: ‘Flawed’ tort laws cost state $11.8B in lost productivity, 126,000 jobs a year

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.

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LOUISIANA: Report: Excessive civil tort costs taking a toll on Louisiana economy

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.

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CALIFORNIA: What's Your Sign? Check Again on Prop. 65

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.

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CALIFORNIA: Governor Vetoes Lorena Gonzalez’ Bill Banning Employment Arbitration

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.”

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LOUISIANA: "Get Rich Quick" lawsuits hurting Louisiana small businesses

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.

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LOUISIANA: VENABLE: Time to Turn Up the Heat on Lawsuit Abuse In Louisiana

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?

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FLORIDA: Why Florida needs tort reform to stop wasteful litigation

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.

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ILLINOIS: Policy Newsletter

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.

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TEXAS: Letter to the editor: Lawsuits aren't the solution to addressing climate change issues

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.

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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.”

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ILLINOIS: With state population decreasing watchdog groups shed light on the problem

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.

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TEXAS: Your Turn: May 30

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.

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WEST VIRGINIA: CALA: Innovator liability litigation could have stifled development of new drugs

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.

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TEXAS: Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Groups Tout Jury Service

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.”

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CALIFORNIA: Known serial disability discrimination litigant files again in California

January 31, 2018

Californian Citizens for Lawsuit abuse, Julie Griffiths refutes an ADA lawsuit calling it a waste of time, resources, and money.

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