PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 22, 2013
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Rallies Against the American Association for Justice’s Lawsuit Creation Agenda at Annual Conference
Supporters Highlight how Lawsuit Abuse Hurts Small Businesses and Impacts Consumers
SAN FRANCISCO – Supporters of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), a nonpartisan grassroots movement fighting against lawsuit abuse, gathered Monday and Tuesday to speak out against the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) lawsuit creation agenda. Members of the AAJ are meeting in San Francisco this week for their annual conference. CALA supporters educated conference attendees and citizens about the effects of lawsuit abuse in front of the San Francisco Hilton, where the conference took place, and in Union Square.
Supporters highlighted the stories of small business owners whose businesses were destroyed by lawsuit abuse and discussed how the cost of lawsuits is passed along to consumers through higher prices on goods and services. Every year, an American family of four pays more than $3,200 in a “lawsuit tax” to cover the cost of lawsuits. CALA supporters also distributed copies of the Lemon, a satirical publication that features both real-life and fictional stories about lawsuit abuse.
“Trial lawyers continue to work to expand the opportunities and incentives for abusive lawsuits, and CALA’s presence and outreach is just one example of how we are working to raise awareness of the cost of lawsuit abuse,” said David Houston, owner of the Barney’s Beanery chain of restaurants in the Los Angeles area, a lawsuit abusive victim and a Co-Chair of CALA. “Unscrupulous lawyers continue to see businesses like mine as easy targets for abusive lawsuits, and consumers and job-seekers pay the price when small businesses are forced to spend money fighting abusive lawsuits rather than creating jobs.”
CALA’s actions are part of the Small Business Summer campaign of Sick of Lawsuits, a national organization of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups with more than 100,000 supporters working to end lawsuit abuse. The campaign shines a spotlight on the effects of lawsuit abuse on small businesses and helps ensure that the voices of small business owners are heard.
“While California has recently made tentative steps toward ending some types of lawsuit abuse, small businesses throughout the state and the nation continue to suffer from trial lawyers’ lawsuit creation agenda,” said Tom Scott, Executive Director of CALA. “Unemployment remains unacceptably high in our nation in part because trial lawyers continue to create and exploit new ways to sue businesses instead of allowing them to create jobs. That the trial lawyers would hold their national conference right in the heart of the nation’s worst judicial hellhole is a testament to their callousness towards American small businesses.”
For additional information about Small Business Summer, visit http://www.sickoflawsuits.org/content/small-business-summer.
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the negative effects of lawsuit abuse and challenging those who abuse our legal system for personal gain.
Sick of Lawsuits is a nonpartisan, grassroots campaign of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. There are more than 100,000 supporters across the country including doctors, health care professionals, small business owners, attorneys and people from every walk of life.
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