Legislation

Consumer Attorneys of California is the first line of defense in the state Capitol and at the ballot box to protect consumer legal rights. 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. We also sponsor legislation to protect consumer legal rights and work through the state budgetary process to ensure adequate funding of California's civil justice system.
 

2018 Legislation
 

ENDING PROTECTION OF SEXUAL PREDATORS

AB 1870 (Reyes, Friedman, Waldron) – Would extend the time for filing harassment and discrimination claims that violate California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. Currently, a harassment victim must file a pre-litigation claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within one year. AB 1870 would extend this pre-filing requirement from the current one year time limit to three years, allowing victims additional time to seek justice and making it more consistent with the filing time for other actions like personal injury (two years), fraud (three years) and contract disputes (four years). This bill is call the SHARE Act (Stopping Harassment and Reporting Extension). Fact sheet (PDF) 
STATUS: In Assembly

SB 820 (Leyva) – Known at the STAND Act (Stand Together Against Non-Disclosures), this bill will end protection of sexual predators by banning secret settlements, the confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements, in cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sex discrimination. Gives the victim the option of requesting confidentially if they so chooses. This mesaure was sparked by the case of Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein, accused by at least 80 women of sexual misconduct, including rape, sexual assault and harassment. His decades-long predatory behavior was kept secret in part due to the legal instruments that allowed him to hide behind the guise of confidentiality that barred victims from ever sharing their stories. This allows repeat offenders to continue to harass while silencing victims. By shining a bright light on this wrongdoing, the STAND Act will have a deterrent effect. Fact sheet (PDF)   STATUS: In Senate

AB 1867 (Reyes) – Would require California businesses with 50 or more employees to keep records of employee complaints of sexual harassment for 10 years from the date of filing. This will make it harder for employers to conceal a history of harassment by an employee and provide evidence that an employer was aware of previous issues with an employee’s behavior. Fact sheet (PDF)   STATUS: In Assembly 

REDUCING COSTS, SPEEDING CIVIL JUSTICE

SB 1012 (Hertzberg) – Allows more cases to qualify for California's expedited jury trials, saving time and money for all parties as well as taxpayer dollars by freeing up crowded courtrooms. Under current law, expedited trials are required with some exceptions for "limited" civil cases seeking $25,000 or less. SB 1012 would expand that threshold to cases up to $50,000. It also is expected to be amended to add an additional tier for cases above $50,000 in an effort to increase court efficiencies by incorporating possible new procedures including reasonable limits on discovery, the number of expert witnesses and the use of better technology. Fact sheet (PDF)   STATUS: In Senate

HELPING ASBESTOS VICTIMS


SB 632 (Monning) – Clarifies that dying asbestos victims receive the benefit of current law that provides a presumptive time limit of a seven-hour deposition for dying victims. Fact sheet (PDF)   STATUS: In Assembly

CAOC 2017 Legislative wrap up (pdf)

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CAOC 2015-16 Legislative Update and Defeated Bills (pdf)

CAOC 2015-2016 Legislative Report (CAOC members) (pdf)

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CAOC 2013-2014 Legislative Report (CAOC members) (pdf) 

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