CJAC

Civil Justice Association of CALIFORNIA

About CJAC

Officially founded in 1979, the Association for California Tort Reform (ACTR) later merged with the California Legal Reform Institute, a group of high-tech and venture capital leaders in the Silicon Valley, to form a broader, more powerful coalition dedicated to improving California’s civil justice system.

The association was renamed the Civil Justice Association of California in 1999. Counted among its many successes is Proposition 64, which stopped “shakedown” lawsuits from being filed against businesses by private lawyers. California voters overwhelmingly approved the initiative on Nov. 2, 2004.

Today, CJAC continues to aggressively work in the state Legislature and the courts to reduce the unwarranted and excessive litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians.

Today, CJAC continues to aggressively work in the state Legislature and the courts to reduce the unwarranted and excessive litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians.

What We Do

We lobby. We are a strong force against the trial lawyers in Sacramento, providing a voice for fairness and balance in the civil justice system. As a result of our powerful lobbying, we have stopped hundreds of dangerous bills from becoming law. We talk to judges. We file amicus, or “friend of the court” briefs in dozens of cases each year. Our legal team reviews every single civil case in the state in order to decide which cases deserve our opinions. We educate the public. We write op-eds, we talk to reporters, and we talk directly to citizens about how lawsuit abuse affects them. We support fair-minded politicians. Our political program supports politicians who support fairness for everyone – plaintiffs and defendants – in the civil justice system.

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