San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to reform of our civil justice system. Formed in 1994 and now with more than 3,000 supporters, CALA's mission is to educate the public about the impact of lawsuit abuse on consumers and California's economy, thereby fostering a climate for change that begins at the local level. Our goal is to bring balance, fairness, responsibility and restraint to our legal system through public awareness and grassroots support.

We believe that civil justice reform has not been adequately addressed by our lawmakers due to the influence of special interest groups on the legislative process. We feel the public must become engaged in the debate over legal reform before California can solve its lawsuit crisis.

I are much appreciative for your noble approach and collaboration with you.

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Our message is simple -- the California court system is out of control. It both invites and rewards abuse. Lawsuit abuse threatens the very balance the court system was designed to achieve and prevents legitimate victims from being fairly compensated in a timely manner. When people abuse the system, we all pay and we all lose. As such, we have a personal responsibility to fix the problem; to prevent the abuse while protecting one's access to the courts. CALA's desire is to see justice restored where both parties get even handed treatment, no more no less.

Here's what you can do to help stop lawsuit abuse:

  • When called, don't make excuses -- serve on a jury.
  • Talk before you fight. Try mediation or arbitration to resolve disputes. Conflicts are inevitable in our society, but lawsuits should be the last resort.
  • Encourage personal responsibility in your community. Too often in our society, people look for an outside culprit to blame when something bad happens to them, even if they are personally negligent.
  • Report barratry or "ambulance chasing" -- the illegal solicitation of clients by attorneys. It's against the law.
  • Support legislative efforts to reform our legal system. Write to your elected officials. Find out where they stand, and support those who will fight to stop lawsuit abuse.
  • Support CALA and help educate your community on lawsuit abuse. Stand up for what is right. Together we can stop lawsuit abuse.

I urge you to join me and thousands of others in the fight against lawsuit abuse. To have a free CALA action kit mailed to you click here.