Frivolous Lawsuits Alive And Well In CA

by Jerri Hemsworth | February 5, 2012 6:34 pm

One Huntington Beach resident filed 47 lawsuits last year. One of these is a lawsuit against Tom Hanks, alleging he harassed her. Another OC resident has racked up 22 lawsuits in the past few years. And according to a recent piece in the Orange County Register (Tripping? Beach injury? Debate heated on frivolous lawsuits, Feb. 7, 2012), more than 77 people in Orange Country have multiple lawsuits such as these.

It turns out more than 1.4 million lawsuits are filed in the state each year. The article highlights the “drive-by” lawsuits: where people sue just to get money, and not to fix a probem or serve justice. “Vexatious litigants,” those who suit just to harass, are part of a growing problem in California, according to Maryann Marino, regional director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA). For those interested in combating frivolous lawsuits, we suggest a click to their website at[1] The non-partisan group is a grassroots effort that serves as a watchdog over the abuse of our civil justice system. •


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