Lawsuits driving business out of state

By Debra Tash

Maryann Marino: Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Maryann Marino: Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Maryann Marino, Southern California Regional Director of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), spoke Sunday at the Thousand Oaks Republican Women’s meeting. Her grassroots organization is trying to curb frivolous lawsuits filed against business in California. 

One of  the first areas of most often abused she addressed was the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA, which was passed in 1990 by Congress.  Legal trolls will hit up small businesses on minor technical non-compliances of the law, such as the bathroom mirror being set too high, a missing sign, etc. which cost the owners $4000 a pop.  To stop this shakedown a bill is moving through the state legislature which will give businesses time to correct the infraction before being fined.

Also on CALA’s agenda is stopping the misuse of the Private Attorney General Act passed in 2004.  This allows employees to sue their employer on infractions of the labor code.  Anything can be used for legal fodder, from not posing the $50 warning sign advising there may be harmful chemicals in the building, Prop. 65, all of which can lead to fines of $2500 a day.  Once an attorneys get their noses in the business’s  door, they can open all of the employer’s employee records looking for violations. Ms. Marino played audio from two employers who incurred thousands of dollars of legal fees and hundreds of thousands of fines and have decided to move out of  the state.  A correction to this law is working its way through the legislature as well.

You can find out more about CALA and the grassroots work that they do at their website.  Or like them on Facebook.

Prior article about CALA on Citizens Journal: HERE

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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