In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and President and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California John Doherty said California is quickly becoming the “food lawsuit capital” or the country.
Over a third of the nation’s food-related lawsuits are filed in California since “the state’s laws are so biased the lawyers believe they can file meritless claims and get away with it – and sometimes they do.” These cases, Rickard and Doherty said, benefit lawyers, not consumers. They pointed to a lawsuit over Nutella, in which the lawyers received nearly twice as much as the class members.
These food lawsuits are a big reason why the state’s lawsuit climate ranked 47th in the country, as has been in the bottom ten since 2002. Rickard and Doherty said California must “must reform its laws that open its legal system to rampant abuse.”