Topic: Legal Climate
“This year’s report shines its harshest spotlight on many courts and government authorities throughout hyper-litigious California, where legislators see fit to produce more than 800 new laws each year, inviting evermore litigation as residents and businesses can’t hope to keep up with what’s legal and what isn’t,” Joyce continued.
Dec. 23, 2015
There’s a simple reason reform always is derailed. “CEQA provides a way for anybody who wants anything out of a public agency to get some leverage over the situation – whether that’s unions, environmentalists, businesses, developers and even local governments themselves,” wrote William Fulton, in a California Planning & Development Report article last year. And no one from any interest group wants to give up leverage.
Dec. 23, 2015
California has once again been identified as the No. 1 “Judicial Hellhole” in the nation, according to the latest ranking of the “most unfair” civil litigation courts by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF). . . The report cites the latest data available from the Court Statistics Project of the National Center for State Courts, showing that more than a million new lawsuits are being filed annually in California’s state courts alone. Tens of thousands more are filed in federal courts here.
Dec. 17, 2015
“The justices by a 6-3 vote overturned a state ruling and threw out a class-action lawsuit against DirecTV over its termination fees for customers who canceled its service,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “The high court said the Federal Arbitration Act calls for honoring arbitration agreements that are written into company contracts, regardless of whether there are more consumer-friendly protections set by states such as California.”
Dec. 14, 2015
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez offered a glimpse Monday of what could be the next chapter in a battle involving workers in the so-called gig economy. Upcoming legislation would allow those workers to collectively bargain for rights like health care – even if they aren’t unionized. . . The forthcoming legislation comes from a political consultant and lawyer with professional ties to organized labor, though this legislation is not pushed by any particular labor group, said Evan McLaughlin, chief of staff to Gonzalez.
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