Topic: Legal Climate
April 10, 2016
Misson thought the problem was resolved, so he was shocked when he received a demand for a $25,000 settlement, which would only get higher if he didn't pay it immediately. That's when Misson first learned about Scott Johnson, owner of Disabled Access Prevents Injury Inc. Johnson has filed thousands of ADA lawsuits across Northern California for what experts say is millions of dollars in settlements and attorney fees. . . "A disproportionate number of businesses sued by Scott Johnson are ... owned by immigrants and minorities," Welch said. "The protection racket plays well with immigrant businessmen unfamiliar with the American legal system."
April 4, 2016
Bowlin had joined a class-action lawsuit against the pharmacy chain, one of dozens filed in California during the last several years against corporations that required workers to stand. In a unanimous ruling Monday, the court clarified labor law in a way that is likely to make it more difficult for companies to deny workers a chair.
March 16, 2016
In reality, most small businesses do not violate regulations intentionally. There are so many regulations–with more added all the time–it is hard for a business proprietor to keep up while managing his or her business. If a violation is found, most small business owners willingly will fix a problem if given adequate amount of time.
Feb. 11, 2016
The problem is that the 800+ chemicals listed in Proposition 65 are not devised to protect consumers, but rather serve as a cash cow for private trial lawyers to sue small business and reap the hefty settlement payout. Since 1986, nearly 20,000 lawsuits have been filed, adding up to over half a billion dollars in settlement payments by business owners.
Jan. 20, 2016
Federal judicial orders are mostly to blame for a $3 billion drop in the budget savings that California prison officials promised four years ago, corrections officials said Wednesday. . . But instead there is a $3 billion annual difference between the promised savings and the $10.5 billion corrections department budget Gov. Jerry Brown proposed earlier this month, in part because the state also chose to boost the number of prison beds available.
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