Assemblyman Jones honored with 2015 Civil Justice Leadership Award
Assemblyman Brian Jones announced he was awarded the 2015 Civil Justice Leadership Award by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC). CJAC aggressively works in the state Legislature and the courts to reduce the unwarranted and excessive litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians. Each year, CJAC recognizes legislators that have worked hard to protect individuals and businesses from unwarranted lawsuits in California.
“I am honored to receive the 2015 Civil Justice Leadership Award,” said Jones. “Each day Californians work towards bettering their lives, and their businesses; our current civil justice system, in part because of the power of California’s trial attorneys, does everything to work against that. Since my election to the State Assembly, I’ve had the honor of fighting for thousands of small businesses and individuals who have spent their precious time and money fighting frivolous lawsuits.”
California ranks 47th in the Institute for Legal Reform’s latest survey of the lawsuit climates in each of the 50 states, a regular assessment of state liability systems conducted by the respected, nonpartisan Harris Interactive market research firm. On average, more than four class action lawsuits are filed in California each day the courts are open for business.
“Assemblymember Brian Jones is a common sense leader, motivated by a sense of fairness and justice,” said Kim Stone, President of the Civil Justice Association of California. “Since he was elected to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Jones has been an effective advocate in the fight for a fair civil justice system.”
At a time when unemployment was near 10 percent, seven out of ten companies surveyed said the legal climate impacts decisions of where to locate, expand and create jobs.
Jones added, “We will continue to fight for a fair and balanced justice system so that businesses and individuals can grow their businesses and feed their families rather than pay the salary of opportunistic attorneys.”