Lucille Harris: Lawsuit laws should be changed
08/14/2014 4:39 PM
08/15/2014 12:05 AM
There is cause to support lawsuit reform. Since 1989, my family and businesses have been wrongly, and sometimes maliciously, named in multiple lawsuits deemed as frivolous.
One litigation epic consumed 12 years, which included targeted litigation filed by a former state Department of Food and Agriculture director, abusing his color of office, conspiring to cover violations within this director’s banking interest. It’s all public record. The outrage of such targeting led my family to battle the suits, expending over $5 million to expose both CDFA and banking fraud.
Other lawsuits followed, setting forth judicial bribery, malpractice, receivership fraud, obstruction of justice and blatant corruption by public officials benefiting “privileged parties” akin to a John Grisham novel.
For this reason, I support Assembly Bill 2494 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova. This legislation aims to deter costly legal tactics by reviving a law that allows judges to award attorney fees when litigants employ bad-faith tactics aimed to delay judgments by holding parties accountable for frivolous actions.
California is considered to have one of the worst legal climates nationwide due to such practices. This bill could improve that reputation. As a supporter of Californians Against Lawsuit Abuse, I ask all to reach out to legislators to encourage support for AB 2494.
Lucille Harris, Committee for Courtroom Justice, Manteca
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