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State Bar's McLawsuit proposals a 
threat to contingency fee law



Photo of Consumer Attorney of the Year 2018 winners Craig Peters on the left and David Winnett on the right

SACRAMENTO -- A series of proposals now before the State Bar of California threaten to undercut contingency fee law and the basic rights of Californians. The proposals include a call to allow private corporations and non-lawyers to own and operate law firms. Potential fallout ranges from the escalation of on-line "app law" to potential poor representation of clients because of legal decisions based on profit motives. Read a point-by-point synopsis of CAOC concerns here. Read CAOC's written comments submitted on Sept. 20 to the State Bar here. Listen to former CAOC President Brian Kabateck discuss the proposals on our "Just Us For Justice" podcast here.  


September 14, 2019
Child sexual assault bill wins
final approval, goes to Newsom 

AB 218 by Asm. Lorena Gonzalez will give survivors of childhood sexual assault a better chance to secure justice. The bill allows them to report a sexual assault until the age of 40, or within five years of the time they suffered damages as a result of an assault. Read more

September 11, 2019
Bill to curb forced arbitration
delays goes to the governor 

CAOC-backed SB 707 by Senators Bob Wieckowski and Robert Hertzberg will prevent businesses that force California citizens into arbitration from then turning around and gaming the system to delay and deny consumers and workers a shot at justice. Read more

September 9, 2019
#MeToo-inspired legislation
goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom

Two CAOC-backed bills authored by Asm. Eloise Gómez Reyes OKed. SB 9 gives harassment victims more time to file a claim. AB 1510 allows molestation survivors facing statute of limitations challenges in cases against USC's George Tyndall a chance at justice. Read more

(9/11/2019) Genie Harrison is profiled for her work representing sexual harassment victims in legal action against the likes of fallen Hollywood players like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. READ HERE
Ebby Bakhtiar, attorney for plaintiffs in Jack in the Box case(9/4/2019) Jennifer Alesio, Daniel P Blouin and John Richardson secure justice for a former mechanic who developed fatal cancer from years of asbestos exposure while working with auto brakes on the job. READ HERE  


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