Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) is the first line of defense in Sacramento and at the ballot box to protect consumer legal rights. Our team of experienced advocates review the thousands of bills introduced into the California Legislature for impact on consumers. CAOC’s goal is to ensure that each and every consumer and business has the full ability to seek and receive reasonable redress through the jury system. Each year bills are introduced by big tobacco, insurance, HMO and other corporations to restrict or eliminate your legal rights. CAOC is there to fight such "tort reform" measures to ensure that every Californian has access to the courts. CAOC has been successful in defeating such anti-consumer measures in the capitol and at the ballot box while working through the state budgetary process to ensure adequate funding of California's civil justice system.

2016 Legislation

Forced Arbitration

AB 2667 (Thurmond) – Ensures that forced arbitration cannot be used to deny a plaintiff their day in court as part of a civil rights case. Fact sheet (PDF)

SB 2879 (Stone) – Strengthens protections for military veterans and reserve guard by prohibiting civilian employers from forcing them into mandatory arbitration over civilian job disputes arising when they are called away on behalf of our nation.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

SB 1065 (Monning) – Limits the use of forced arbitration in elder abuse cases under the Elder and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. Fact sheet (PDF)

SB 1241 (Wieckowski) – This bill would restrict the corporate practice of adding provisions to consumer contracts that force people to travel long distances to other states to fight a dispute. It also would protect consumers from having their rights under California law stripped because a case is transferred to a distant venue. Fact sheet (PDF)

Fair compensation for injured immigrants

AB 2159 (Gonzales) – Ensures fair compensation for undocumented persons injured through no fault of their own. The 1986 decision in Rodriguez v. Kline limits them to the compensation they would receive in their native country for future lost wages and even medical costs. This bill prohibits the introduction of a plaintiff’s immigration status in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.
Fact sheet (PDF)

Preventing prescription drug abuse

SB 482 (Lara) – Requires doctors to check the existing statewide prescription drug database to curb doctor-shopping and other abuse.  Fact sheet (PDF)     
Robert Woods Johnson Foundation: Require prescription database use (PDF)

AB 2427 (Chau) – Proposes changes to civil legal procedure to make the pursuit of civil justice more seamless, efficient and cost effective. Fact sheet (PDF)

AB 2703 (Linder) – Continues efforts by CAOC to streamline the process of obtaining medical records by making it easier for consumers to electronically file a request with a hospital or health care provider.
Fact sheet (PDF)


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