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California Class Actions May Be Hazardous to Workers’ Health

Reacting to an Associated Press story that circulated over the weekend, the American Tort Reform Association is pointing to health research reported by NPR last week that suggests “California’s latest wave of shameless class actions might enrich lawyers while actaully endangering the health of retail employees”

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Charlie Sheen’s Crazy California Lawsuit

As home to more crazy lawsuits than practically any other state, California is the perfect place for conspiracy theorist and self-proclaimed “winner” Charlie Sheen to sue/blame former employers for his precipitous fall from grace

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Experts Clear Toyota. Will Judges?

The newly released study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes clear there are no design or manufacturing defects in the electronic throttle system of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The only real question left is this: Will judges presiding over now discredited “unintended acceleration” lawsuits do the right thing and dismiss them?

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Alabama’s Tort King Heads to the Border

Jere Beasley, Alabama’s infamous class-action impresario and would-be Dickie Scruggs, has headed for the border. Alleging that his own law firm’s “independent” testing indicates that Taco Bell’s beef tacos include only 35% beef, Beasley is suing the fast-food chain in – you guessed it – California, the nation’s best place to have a meritless consumer class-action certified and taken seriously by a kooky judge

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Screws Loosened for California Consumer Lawsuits

It’s precisely the type of lawsuit that gave California a reputation for consumer lawsuit abuse. Lawyers sued the lock manufacturer, Kwikset for deceptive advertising because products, labeled as “Made in the U.S.A.,” included components, such as screws, produced overseas. In a dissent Justice Ming W. Chin, joined by Justice Carol A. Corrigan, recognized that “[t]his cannot be what the electorate intended” in voting for a measure intended to reduce frivolous lawsuits.

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At Least Some California Judges Get It

Judicial Hellholes® reporters stand by the decision to include California at #2 in their recent rankings of the least fair civil court jurisdictions in the nation. But they admit to missing a laudable appeals court decision there last fall when researching the latest Judicial Hellholes report and now wish to give credit where credit is due

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ADA Litigation Kills Another California Small Business

The Sacramento Bee reports the latest small business closure resulting from yet another abusive disability access lawsuit. The San Francisco small bookstore owner who was forced out of business said of the wheelchair-bound professional plaintiff, he ” is picking off small business owners like grapes on a vine.”

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Food Police Strike in California

A Washington-based interest group bent on limiting food choices has chosen California as the place to bring its latest lawsuit, which attacks McDonald’s for “the most powerful, unfair, and deceptive practices – tempting kids with toys to get them to nag their parents to buy Happy Meals.”

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2019 Judicial Hellhole Report

Every year we shine a light on the worst of the worst. Since its inception in 2002, the American Tort Reform Foundation’s Judicial Hellholes® program has documented in annually published reports various abuses within the civil justice system, focusing primarily on jurisdictions where courts have been radically out of balance.

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