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Fight not over in protracted 18-year lead paint battle; Companies will seek USSC review

SACRAMENTO - While the California Supreme Court has refused to review an appeals court decision against three companies ordered to pay hundreds of millions for lead paint abatement, the long running fight over the deeply fractious issue is not over.

California high court ruling in Novartis liability case differs from existing law, experts say

John Doherty argues the recent California Supreme Court innovator liability verdict holding brand-name pharmaceutical-maker Novartis AG liable for sickness caused by generic versions of the drugs the company once manufactured is quite different from what is widely perceived to be the letter of the law.

Judicial body lauds decision to toss out $417 million Johnson& Johnson verdict

John Doherty views a California Superior Court judge’s decision to throw out a record-setting, $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson as a measure of gravity being returned to the judicial system.

Bill to enhance subpoena power of city attorneys draws more opposition

The California Chamber of Commerce and the Civil Justice Association of California are among the local organizations that have banded together to oppose a bill that would grant city attorneys the power to subpoena before formally filing suit.

Legal association president: SB632 lacks attorney accountability

SACRAMENTO --The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) president argues the plaintiff bar's attempt to limit civil discovery asbestos deposition hours lacks attorney accountability. “

Civil Justice Association of California hopes to thwart pre-litigation subpoena bill

John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), is appealing to lawmakers in hopes of thwarting a bill many feel will hamper local businesses by allowing city attorneys the power to subpoena before formally filing suit.

Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies advancing in state legislature

SACRAMENTO – A proposal that would require state agencies to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump, is headed for a floor vote in the Assembly by late September.

California delays vote on asbestos transparency legislation

SACRAMENTO - A California Assembly committee put off a scheduled late April vote on legislation that would pull the curtain back on awards from bankruptcy trusts established for victims of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos transparency legislation set for committee vote next week

SACRAMENTO - Legislation that would help prevent doubling up on awards by trial lawyers and their clients, allegedly injured through exposure to asbestos, is scheduled for a vote in the Judiciary Committee of the California Assembly on April 25.

Report: Over-regulation and litigation could threaten innovation as commercial drone use takes off

MENLO PARK - Liability challenges over the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are expected to grow as the skies become thoroughfares for millions of commercial and recreational drones in the coming years

Litigation is not the way to improve cyber security, corporate defense attorney says

MENLO PARK - Embedded technology that collects and shares information from all kinds of everyday items may be improving quality of life, but the accompanying liability risks have legal experts predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the next litigation target for the plaintiffs' bar.

California Supreme Court decision on statute of limitations could alter certainty in courts, experts say

SACRAMENTO - How the California Supreme Court decides a narrow case involving the statute of limitations for prenatal exposure to toxic substances could lead to uncertainty in the state’s litigation system, legal and business experts say.

Civil Justice Association of California warns California employers of fair employment rules after high-profile case

&&& John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California, recently warned employers to exercise caution in incidents related to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FMLA), citing a high-profile lawsuit filed by a hospital baker.

Automotive Recovery Services sued for alleged nonprotections of donor information

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — A San Bruno resident has filed a complaint against Automotive Recovery Services, alleging that her personal information was not protected against hackers when she donated a car to charity.

Some want to see restrictions on local-government use of private attorneys

SANTA ANA, Calif. — While district attorneys and attorneys general who sometimes hire private attorneys to help bring consumer-protection cases see it as a way to match resources with business giants, some civil-justice reform groups continue to scrutinize the practice in California.

Concerns raised over increasingly sophisticated marketing by tort trial lawyers

Trial lawyers hoping to bag as many clients as possible when launching mass tort campaigns can attend conferences where they learn about the latest marketing and data mining techniques to be used to rack up the biggest numbers possible.

Eastern District of California collects $49 million through criminal, civil actions

SACRAMENTO — The Eastern District of California collected $49 million in criminal and civil enforcement actions and, with the help of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other offices, an additional $3 billion in fiscal year 2016.

Outgoing CJAC president reflects on Prop 65, housing crisis, asbestos litigation and recent Judicial Hellhole report

Only days before the end of Kim Stone's time as the third Civil Justice Association of California president, American Tort Reform Association released its latest Judicial Hellholes list, ranking the state No. 2.

John Doherty to replace Kim Stone as president of CJAC

SACRAMENTO – The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) has anounced that John Doherty, vice president of politics and policy, and general counsel of TechNet, as the named successor to president and CEO Kim Stone, who will be passing the torch to Doherty Dec. 15.

Kim Stone departing CJAC, but plans to continue her fight for justice

SACRAMENTO – Kim Stone, president and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC)  will be departing the firm after six years at the helm.