Civil Justice Association of California News

Proposed bill looks to amend California Consumer Privacy Act

By Rich Peters | May 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A newly proposed bill regarding Internet privacy is advancing in California' legislature, responding to last year’s groundbreaking California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and in the wake of a failed proposal that would have required consumers to affirmatively consent to their personal information being shared.

As deadline looms for bill filing, fallout from Dynamex decision, arbitration on the watch list

By John Breslin | Feb 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO - Bills barring mandatory arbitration in employment disputes are likely to be filed ahead of next week's deadline for introduction of proposed legislation in the California legislature, according to a group that campaigns against what it believes is excessive litigation.

NFIB seeks to avoid retroactive application of contractor-employee ruling

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 20, 2019

The National Federation of Independent Business’ Small Business Legal Center has filed an amicus brief urging a federal judge to affirm a district court’s limited liabilities ruling in a suit brought to establish the standard for determining if a Grubhub food delivery driver classifies as an independent contractor or an employee of the company.

Civil Justice Association of California says don't blame electric scooter companies for the negligence of the users

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 5, 2018

Since the introduction of dockless, electric scooters in the Los Angeles area, there have been numerous complaints about the danger of the scooters as well as lawsuits accusing scooter rental firms of negligence and contributing to civil unrest, but the Civil Justice Association of California believes that the lawsuits are targeting the wrong parties.

Judge reduces punitive damages by nearly $200 million in Roundup case

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Last week, a California judge greatly reduced the amount of punitive damages awarded in lawsuit against Monsanto by a man who alleged that the use of its herbicide Roundup caused him to contract non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Calif. lawmaker kills bill that punishes lying lawyers after major donor opposes it, group says

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2018

A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?

Binding arbitration bill passes CA Assembly in face of strong opposition

By John Breslin | May 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO - A bill barring employers from inserting binding arbitration clauses into contracts as a condition of employment has passed the California State Assembly.

Senate considering bill to add restrictions on legal advertising

By John Breslin | May 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Legislative moves to restrict legal broadcast advertising in California are now with the Senate, where a bill sits after passing in the Assembly.

California Assembly takes on lawyer ads, unanimously passes bill that would punish misleading claims

By John Breslin | May 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at combating what supporters claim is misleading advertising by plaintiffs attorneys.

New case filed against Monsanto over claims Roundup caused cancer mirrors California actions

By John Breslin | Apr 23, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A new case initially filed in Missouri against Monsanto claiming its herbicide Roundup directly caused cancer mirrors similar ones making their way through the California courts.

Lawsuits accompany backlash to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 22, 2018

As lawsuits pile up against Facebook and a firm accused of collecting private information from millions of people through a social media app, the president of a legal association wants lawmakers to hold accountable data holders who break privacy laws.

Attorneys for Johnny Mathis ask for Supreme Court review in window cleaning injury suit

By John Breslin | Apr 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorneys for singer Johnny Mathis have asked the California Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that there is enough evidence for a jury to consider a contractor's injury negligence claim against the legendary singer.

Concern remains over pre-litigation subpoena bill in California Senate

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO - John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California, isn’t willing to leave anything to chance over a bill in the State Assembly that would expand pre-litigation subpoena power.

Kiley to reintroduce asbestos trust bill in California Assembly

By John Sammon | Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Staffers for California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley said his Assembly Bill (AB) 1056, designed to protect funds for the treatment of asbestos exposure, has been withdrawn but a new bill could be crafted later this year.

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

By John Breslin | Feb 16, 2018

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

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 26, 2018

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.

Consumer board seeks $287 million in restitution over CashCall case

By Dee Thompson | Dec 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- A Nov. 20 hearing featured the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calling CashCall a purveyor of “financial snake oil” and arguing the online lender should pay as much as $287 million because they deceived customers.

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

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 26, 2017

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

By Glenn Minnis | Sep 20, 2017

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.

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