NFIB California Ranks as 'Judicial Hellhole'

Date: March 15, 2017

Small business owners in the Golden State struggle every year under the weight of hundreds of new laws every year, and one of the most litigious places in the nation, according to a new report.

In their annual ranking of “Judicial Hellholes,” the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF)pegs California a No. 2, calling it a “magnet for often meritless, no-injury consumer class actions.”

The state legislature passes an annual average of 827 laws, and has passed 5,786 laws since 2010. With every new law comes the specter of a new lawsuit.

“It takes a civil justice system shock analogous to San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake to dislodge California from its typically ignominious perch atop the annual Judicial Hellholes rankings,” the reports authors noted.

Among its notable dings of the state’s tort system, it cites the Ninth Circuit for a unanimous ruling that entitles employees to sit in a chair at work. “California’s high court in April 2016 administered another kick to employers’ collective rear end, forcing many of them to let employees sit down on the job,” the report’s authors argue.

Visit to read the full ATRF report on California.

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