CALA in the News


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.”



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.



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?



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.



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.



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.



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.”



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.



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.



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.



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.”



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.