Last year the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) ranked California as the worst STATE judicial hellhole in America. But the corrupt courts in the city of Philadelphia gave that berg the top hellhole ranking of all.
Those days are behind us. The Philadelphia courts have since undergone some encouraging reforms, making California now the undisputed judicial hellhole ANYWHERE in America, according to ATRA’s new rankings just released. Sigh.
Here’s what ATRA’s new press release has to say about our state:
California is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the consumer class action. Its plaintiff-friendly laws spur ridiculous lawsuits against companies that sell products ranging from breakfast cereal to bagged walnuts. California’s small businesses have been under siege from trolling disability-access lawyers and their professional plaintiffs who look for technical rules violations, then demand thousands of dollars to settle. The state enacted modest reform this year only after a threat of federal intervention. Los Angeles is seeing a surge of asbestos cases, as personal injury law firms from elsewhere have moved into in Southern California. California’s limit on pain and suffering awards in medical malpractice cases, which has contributed to a stable healthcare environment for many years, is under constant attack. Mounting cuts to the judiciary’s budget, and loss of court staff, particularly in Los Angeles, leave litigants to worry about delays and even the ability to appeal adverse rulings.
Oddly enough, many California businesses are more and more anxious to put the Golden State in their rear view mirror. It’s a mystery.