Stronger Protection Means a Stronger Florida: let’s protect small business owners from predatory lawsuits

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is a nonpartisan grassroots movement of citizens and businesses fighting against lawsuit abuse in Florida. CALA serves as a watchdog to challenge the misuse of our civil justice system that has cost our state’s economy billions of dollars and led to numerous bankruptcies and shattered lives.


CALA engages the public and the media to deliver the message that lawsuit abuse is alive and well in Florida — and that all Floridians are paying the price.

We work together to call attention to the negative impact of lawsuit abuse and challenge those who profit from abusing our legal system. We want to see citizens like you take responsibility as a force for change and be watchdogs against lawsuit abuse. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

We encourage you to be empowered as legal consumers, act as watchdogs to call out abuse when you see it, engage as voters to urge your elected officials and candidates to support reform, and be active citizens in your community. Stopping lawsuit abuse starts with each of us doing our part to ensure the legal system is used for justice rather than greed.


Tom Gaitens

Tom Gaitens, Executive Director of Florida CALA

The University of South Florida grad brings a wealth of knowledge serving as Executive Director for Florida CALA. Apart from co-owning McDaniel Trading, a Sarasota commodities trading entity that specializes in feed for the dairy industry, the longtime businessman has carved out a career inside the political arena. Gaitens served as the State Director of from its inception until 2011 and founded two Grassroots/Campaign/Advocacy Businesses -The Lincoln Group and Liberty Tree Consulting. He has also served on various Boards, including the Florida Taxpayers Union, James Madison Institute-Tampa Regional, The Boys and Girls Club of Riverview, and ALS Charter School.

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