Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) Names Phil Melin Executive Director for Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      February 1, 2023 Washington, D.C. – Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) welcomes Phil Melin as Executive Director of CALA-Illinois. CALA is a nonpartisan, grassroots movement working to end lawsuit abuse across the United States. CALA advocates for commonsense legal reform measures by educating the public about the devastating, real-world costs of lawsuit abuse on working families and small businesses. CALA-Illinois leads CALA’s mission in Illinois. “Small business is at the heart…

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Nearly 6 in 10 Florida Voters Want Transparency for Medical Damages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tom Gaitens, Executive Director Florida Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse tgaitens@cala.com New Poll Shows Floridians Think Juries Should Hear Medical Cost Comparisons Before Awarding Damages [TALLAHASSEE, FL] February 1, 2023—Today, Florida Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse released a poll highlighting Florida voters’ desire for more transparency when it comes to awarded medical damages. According to the poll, 55% of Florida voters believe the jury should know if the plaintiff agreed to higher-than-average medical treatment…

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Texas Lands on Judicial Hellholes Watch List

Smart-minded reforms passed by the Texas Legislature over the past two decades have fought against frivolous lawsuits, abusive legal practices, and unreasonable damage awards, contributing to a business climate that continues to create new jobs in our state.

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We’re no longer a Judicial Hellhole, but there’s still more to do

For decades, personal injury lawyers and their handpicked members of the West Virginia Judiciary had a stranglehold on the legal system in our state.

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Lawsuit Abuse – The Need for Injecting Transparency in Courtrooms

The escalating dollar figure awarded in personal injury lawsuits might be good for trial lawyers, but it’s terrible for most Florida people. Taking advantage of legal loopholes makes the cost of everything—from insurance rates to everyday goods and services—go up across the board.

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Lawsuit Abuse Affecting all Floridians

Lawsuit abuse is a problem that hits all Floridians every day. Currently, trial lawyers have an incentive to take advantage of our state’s legal system for their own benefit, and when they do, it hurts everyone.

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Community Voices: Lawsuit abuse is costing Californians money, jobs

If I asked you what the biggest threats were to California’s economy and the financial stability of our state’s workers, families and small businesses, would “lawsuit abuse” even make your list? My guess is no.

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California imposing even more Covid liability on small businesses

Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that the state I opened my restaurant in would become such a hostile environment for small businesses to thrive.

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It’s too expensive to do business in Illinois

A sad truth we must confront in 2022 is that Illinois is a difficult place to open a business — and it’s long past time to do something about it.

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Illinois businesses are breaking under the weight of excessive costs

Nobody likes “For Lease” signs filling the windows on Main Street. The result of a bust in the economic cycle, mass business closures and unemployment are the extreme conclusion that political candidates swear to fight every time we have an election.

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Don’t create another reason for people to leave our state

California’s business community has struggled to navigate our state’s complex legal environment for too long, getting burned with billions of dollars in frivolous lawsuits. But for some reason, the State Supreme Court recently decided to pour gasoline on the fire and set a precedent where laws can be applied retroactively, even to legally binding contracts.

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Trial Lawyers Abusing Bad Faith Laws in Florida

It has been reported that our state has one of the worst legal climates in the country and, unfortunately, it is hurting the future of Florida families and businesses by driving up costs for consumers.

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ADA website reform legislation needed

Many hundreds of ADA website lawsuits have been reported, in which attorneys allege that a business website is not compatible with screen reading software required by some people with visual limitations to navigate the Internet — and they contend this violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Only a few minor technical issues are needed to provide a plausible claim.

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Websites that violate disability laws squeezed for financial settlements

By one estimate, the 34-year-old Miami man has filed more than 600 disability compliance lawsuits in Florida and California since 2015, sometimes famously. Gomez sued the Kardashians’ clothing stores, Dash, in 2016 and has gone after other big name fashion retailers, alleging their websites are incompatible with the screen reading software he uses to navigate the web, according to published reports.

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California regulators set to consider new Proposition 65 labels

As California environmental regulators prepare to review Proposition 65 additions, concerns persist about the impact of such labels on items without clear evidence they are harmful, and the torrent of related litigation that threatens to shut down businesses.

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Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week gives Illinois a much-needed wakeup call

Every year in the United States, the first week of October is observed as Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week. This week serves as an important opportunity to raise awareness about the high cost of frivolous lawsuits not only on small businesses owners, but on all Americans of all backgrounds.

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Bad faith lawsuits create incentive for fraud

While people have spent a generation flocking to the Sunshine State for the chance to live out the American dream, the past decade has seen their homeowner insurance rates spike to a level that is putting responsible homeownership out of reach for millions.

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Citizens Property Can Pose a Nightmare for Florida if We Don’t Reform It

Halloween is upon us,‭ ‬and kids statewide look forward to having fun with ghosts and goblins. Unfortunately,‭ ‬many adults and homeowners are playing their own game of trick or treat these days.‭

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Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch recognizes Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Campaign highlights impact of lawsuit abuse and importance of citizen engagement

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oct. 5, 2022   Contact:  Lana Venable, Executive Director 225.328.8826; lana@llaw.org   Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch recognizes Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Campaign highlights impact of lawsuit abuse and importance of citizen engagement   Baton Rouge, La. –  Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is observed annually the first week in October by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) and other civil justice reform organizations across the country. This grassroots effort is aimed at…

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Malpractice is bad, More Lawsuits is Worse

In recent years, Florida has become a hotbed for medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Opinión: Bienvenido a California: el estado mas anti-trabajador, anti-familia, y anti-pequeñas empresas

Como propietaria de una empresa pequeña, reconozco que los tiempos son difíciles para todos en este momento.

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Op-Ed: Illinois lawmakers must stop creating policies that harm small businesses, threaten jobs

As a small business owner, I see firsthand the devastating impact high taxes, overly burdensome regulations, and lawsuit abuse have on our communities.

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Hurricane with a chance of fraudulent AOB claims

In Florida, it is far from uncommon for residents to need repairs to their homes. Whether it be a tropical storm, a hurricane, or any other common cause of damage to Florida homes, our residents rely on their insurance to come through for them.

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Small Businesses Vulnerable to Lawsuit Abuse

Florida’s courts are being commandeered by con artists and fraudsters, earning massive paydays at the expense of everyday small business owners.

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Calif. small businesses are struggling with a new achilles heel: the legal system

As the President and CEO of the National Asian American Coalition (NAAC) and the National Diversity Coalition (NDC), my entire life has been dedicated to empowering minority communities and small businesses.

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Legal Niche Exploiting California’s Businesses Suffers a Supreme Court Blow

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 8-1 ruling in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana (pdf), limiting the ability for employees to sue under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), state lawmakers are faced with a unique opportunity to finally fix a problem that has long weighed our state’s economy down. That is, if they have the courage to do so.

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Louisiana bill would allow public entities that require covid vaccinations to be sued

A bill that would give Louisianans the right to file civil lawsuits against government agencies and public schools and universities that discriminate on the basis of coronavirus vaccination status is now headed to the governor’s desk.

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Calif. small businesses are struggling with a new achilles heel: the legal system

As the President and CEO of the National Asian American Coalition (NAAC) and the National Diversity Coalition (NDC), my entire life has been dedicated to empowering minority communities and small businesses.

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Lawmakers asked to consider bill addressing excessive ADA litigation against small businesses

Pending legislation is bringing increased attention to frivolous ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) lawsuits and the impact on small businesses.

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Lawsuit Costs Drive Up Insurance Costs

Lawsuit abuse is a significant cost driver in Florida’s property insurance market. Bad actors and third-party contractors are turning consumers’ insurance policies into a cash cow for themselves.

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Failed Legal System is Crippling Businesses

As a small business owner for nearly 30 years, I can report the outlook for small businesses in Illinois has never looked worse.

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Meet the new pandemic crushing Calif.’s small businesses: PAGA abuse

As the President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, I continue to hear firsthand from my members how they’re being targeted by trial lawyers exploitation of legal loopholes in our state.

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‘Remedy’ is needed for some ADA lawsuits

As much as digital commerce has benefited small businesses, it’s also left them exposed to lawsuit abuse. And the problem is only getting worse.

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Elected Officials Should Keep Campaign Promises to Support Florida Businesses

Hispanic-run businesses are the backbone of Florida’s economy. They make up over 30-percent of the state’s small business sector, with well over 780,000 businesses providing much-needed goods, jobs, and services to their communities.

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Failed legal system is crippling Illinois business

As a small-business owner for nearly 30 years, I can report the outlook for small businesses in Illinois has never looked worse.

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Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse releases statement in regard to recent filings in alleged Americans With Disabilities Act

Executive Director for Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) Victor Gomez released the following statement in regard to recent filings in alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) fraud schemes:

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Op-ed: Springfield must start working with small businesses to create jobs

The past few years, Illinois lawmakers have talked about passing reforms that would get state spending under control while simultaneously easing the regulatory burden on small businesses.

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Letter: Lawmakers need to reform ADA-related lawsuits

Frivolous lawsuits centered around the Americans with Disabilities Act have become commonplace in our state, but for some reason, lawmakers won’t step up and pass meaningful reform.

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Report: Lawsuit abuse costs Illinoisans more than $12 billion annually

A new report highlights how a high volume of costly civil court cases affects Illinois’ economy. The report was done by the Perryman Group for Illinois Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and looks into the impact of excessive civil court costs from lawsuits over matters such as workplace injuries.

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Juries at work again in courtrooms

I found it encouraging to read in-person juries are back to work in Travis County.

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AB 2164 is critical for small business owners

First, it was the coronavirus that crushed small businesses. Then it was the supply chain disruptions and inflation that drove up the cost of all goods and services. Add in the challenge of finding workers in a state with a very high unemployment rate and you can start to get a taste of what small business owners have had to overcome over the last 2 years.  

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California Small Businesses are in Dire Straits

California small businesses are in dire straits. As a former U.S. Small Business Administration Associate Administrator, I’ve seen firsthand the deteriorating

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All Texas AG candidates should sign transparency pledge

With Texas voters heading to the polls again in May for primary runoff elections, transparency and open accountability should be top of mind for voters and a top

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Florida’s Property Insurance Rates Continue to Rise

As a small businesswoman, I have to watch every dollar that flows in and out of my business. Unfortunately, that dollar seems to have become

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Excessive litigation costs Louisiana $3.2B, thousands of jobs

Nonpartisan Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch is highlighting the economic costs of excessive tort litigation in Louisiana as lawmakers prepare for the regular legislative session that begins

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2 IE men arrested in alleged ADA ‘shakedown’ conspiracy

Authorities on Thursday arrested an Inland Empire attorney and another man accused of conspiring to file more than five dozen harassment lawsuits seeking

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Gov. Pritzker, legislative leaders must start helping state’s job creators

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is making it harder for small businesses in the Prairie State to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the state’s problems

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New report shows “hidden tax” of $2,835.00 per person

First, it was the coronavirus that crushed small businesses. Then, it was the supply chain disruption and inflation. Add to that the challenge of finding

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Illinois lawmakers must start supporting our job creators

Operating a small business in Illinois is getting harder every day. I’ve run my chiropractic business for nearly two

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New Report Shows Loss of 12,326 Jobs in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ontario Region

First, it was the coronavirus that crushed small businesses. Then, it was the supply chain disruption and inflation.

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Legal reforms deserve praise as WV improves

 WV: Legal reforms deserve praise as WV improves  By Greg Thomas  February 11, 2022    Earlier this year, three major job announcements were made in West Virginia, representing thousands of new jobs being created and billions of dollars invested in our economy. This is great news for West Virginia families. For years, West Virginia was ranked last in workforce participation, and lost population.    For over a decade, West Virginia was the only state in…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — More homers, fewer singles

Florida’s trial lawyers sure know how to play defense. Lawmakers are nearing the halfway mark of the 2022 Legislative Session, and it looks

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Florida avoids “judicial hellhole” label, but…

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) released its 2022 lawsuit economic impact report on Wednesday, detailing the state’s legal climate, and the results were mixed.

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Laws make it hard to do business in Illinois

I am deeply concerned about stacked costs on businesses in our state.

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New amicus brief filed in case challenging constitutionality of California’s PAGA statute

In litigation over the constitutionality of California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce…

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Op-Ed: Stacked costs reach critical mass in Illinois

Right now, doing business in Illinois is hard. And not just because of COVID-19…

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Technology & Manufacturing Association hosts legislative briefing on the danger posed by lawsuit abuse

Illinois’ recently-passed law that increases interest rates on civil damages is a boon to trial lawyers and damaging to manufacturers…

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Tom Gaitens:‭ ‬Florida‭’‬s‭ ‬2022‭ ‬Judicial Landscape

As we‭ ‬continue the‭ ‬2022‭ ‬Florida legislative session,‭ ‬it is instructive to look both at where we are and‭ ‬where we going as a state as it relates…

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Gomez: California named worst ‘judicial hellhole’

In my nearly two decades as a restaurant franchise owner, I was always grateful for my community and the passion they had for supporting local family-owned businesses…

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New Intermediate Appeals Court judges appointed

The first judges of the new West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals were appointed Tuesday as the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals gets the court ready by July…

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Our state once again wins the hellhole prize

California has done it again. The state has once again topped the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial…

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When Will California Finally Protect Small Businesses from Lawsuit Abuse?

California’s atrocious legal environment coupled with the Legislature’s relentless pursuit of liability expanding principles…

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California retakes top spot in annual ranking of ‘Judicial Hellholes’

California has been named the nation’s top Judicial Hellhole, up two slots from last year, in the 20th annual ranking from…

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Small businesses in California face a double whammy: the pandemic and unwise laws

Continued suffering of our local small business community is nothing short of tragic. California’s business climate is forcing…

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Louisiana judges facing disciplinary hearings could now be on the hook for more court costs

The Louisiana Supreme Court has approved rule changes requiring judges who are convicted of crimes or who resign…

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Louisiana makes list of Top Ten “Judicial Hellholes” … again.

For the 9th straight year, Louisiana has made a national list of the nation’s Top Ten “Judicial Hellholes”. The American Tort…

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Louisiana Named A ‘Judicial Hellhole’ For the 9th Straight Year

It’s generally accepted that Louisiana could do much better when it comes to the way we make, apply, and punish people…

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‘It’s time to put the power back in the hands of workers’: California Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act filed at state level

The California Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act has recently been filed at the state level, reforming the Private…

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Cook County, Metro East Crack Top 5 ‘Judicial Hellholes’ in U.S.

Three Illinois counties notorious for plaintiff friendliness collectively ranked No. 5 on the annual report on the nation’s…

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Ron DeSantis, Florida Supreme Court earn praise in ‘Judicial Hellholes’ report

Despite the Legislature landing on a watch list of “Judicial Hellholes,” the Florida Justice Reform Institute says Florida has…

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Louisiana, Once Again, Has Made The Judicial Hellholes List

It’s an annual tradition and not something to be proud of. But despite efforts at tort reform in 2020, which may ultimately…

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Report: Louisiana’s lawyer-friendly civil judicial system costs billions of dollars

The American Tort Reform Association has ranked Louisiana the sixth-worst civil court jurisdiction in the country, making…

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Coastal Lawsuits Make Louisiana “Judicial Hellhole”

A new report today from the American Tort Reform Foundation outlines the cost of Louisiana’s trial-lawyer backed coastal…

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Illinois lawmakers: Please support health care providers

Operating a business in Illinois has become increasingly difficult. As the owner of a small dental practice, I am fully…

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Small Businesses Threatened by Litigation

As we almost get through this last wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida businesses can at least rest assured that…

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In California, lawsuit abuse fuels rising prices

There seems to be no end in sight for the nationwide supply chain crunch that is crippling our nation’s economy. For small…

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Legislators need to tackle Florida’s lawsuit pandemic

Many small businesses across Florida are just now starting to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. After a chaotic…

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Mike McCallister: Helping Florida Businesses Starts in the Courtroom

With the COVID-19 delta variant recently impacting the Sunshine State’s economy in a big way, Florida businesses were…

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PAGA DRAGS ON CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY

California small businesses are just now beginning to get back on their feet following the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately…

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Louisiana court system needs modernization makeover, study finds

A business-backed study urges a makeover of the state’s court system, including online access to court records and electronic document…

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Fed up with ‘serial’ ADA lawsuits, San Jose business owners seek legislative help

Cesar Pascal, owner of San Jose Mexican restaurant Plaza Garibaldi, got hit with a disability lawsuit six years ago. Attorney expenses piled up…

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California’s legal climate hurting small business owners

California small businesses are still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, but we shouldn’t be. Every day, more Americans are vaccinated…

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Illinois lawmakers: Please support job-creating small businesses

Inflation is out of control. Business owners can’t fill job openings. The Delta variant is keeping unsustainable restrictions in place on businesses and manufacturers…

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Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is observed each October by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and civil justice reform organizations across the…

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WVCALA announces Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

A legal reform group has announced its annual Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week. According to West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, lawsuits…

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When legal system is abused – as with ‘hurricane lawyers’ – Louisianans pay

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is observed each October by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and civil justice reform organizations across the…

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Op-Ed: This Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, Illinois needs a course correction

This week is Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week in Illinois and, shockingly, 2021 has our state’s economy and business community in an…

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Seaver: ADA Reform Needed to Protect Small Businesses

As advocates for small business, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce continues to work on the safe reopening of our economy so…

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Tort Costs Weigh Down Economic Progress

Economic growth is a topic of nearly constant discussion and debate in almost every community around the United States, especially as we…

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Tort Costs Weigh Down Economic Progress

Economic growth is a topic of nearly constant discussion and debate in almost every community around the United States…

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A small business owner speaks out

As a small business owner in Gurnee, I join the thousands of others like me in bracing for a tidal wave of new taxes and wage hikes that our…

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Coronavirus crippled Calif. small businesses. Lawsuit reform can’t come fast enough.

As a small business owner in Bakersfield, I know firsthand how desperate the California small business community is to catch a break during…

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County Commission slashes building fees amid criticism of new spending for building inspectors

Marion County commissioners this week slashed fees for building permits. But, simultaneously, critics denounced the board’s parallel plan for…

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Letter: State policies make it difficult for small businesses to thrive

Illinois workers and businesses have already struggled more than our counterparts in other states during the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Overdue Change to This Law Will Help End California Exodus

The state of California is at a crossroads. Everywhere you look, you can’t escape the political or economic turmoil that makes you feel like the…

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Florida Legislature Needs to Focus on Property Insurance Reform

I want to thank the Florida Legislature for its hard work and wisdom in passing COVID liability protections earlier this year…

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Lawsuits are Driving Up Healthcare Costs

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wakeup call for many people to start taking their healthcare more seriously…

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‘Florida law, a Property Owner can be Held Liable for an Injury on Their Property’

There is a lot on business owners’ plates, especially as we fully adjust back from the pandemic restrictions. One thing that…

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WVCALA releases Dirty Dozen list of delegates

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recently released its annual Dirty Dozen list of delegates that have received…

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