To counter a ballot initiative proposed by the CJAC, calling itself the "California Class Action Lawsuit Fairness Act", that would gut class action litigation in California, the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) filed initiatives this month that would bring reform to corporate America by making large corporations and their CEOs accountable for their wrongdoing. A broad coalition is forming against the corporate class action killing initiative, including:
AARP Foundation Litigation, ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, American Association for Justice, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, California Alliance for Retired Americans, California Employment Lawyers Association, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, California Labor Federation, California Reinvestment Coalition, California Teamsters, Public Affairs Council, California Women's Law Center, Center for Justice and Democracy, Coalition of Disability Access Professionals, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of California, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, Designing Accessible Communities, Disability Rights Advocates, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Equal Rights Advocates, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, Gray Panthers, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children Mexican, American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Center for Youth Law, National Consumer Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, National Senior Citizens Law Center, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Protection & Advocacy, Inc., Public Advocates, Public Counsel, Public Interest Law Project, Speak Out California, Strengthening Our Lives (LA County Federation), Teamsters Union Local No. 70 Utility, Consumers' Action Network, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Women's Employment Rights Clinic, and the Youth Law Center.
The CAOC has identified significant class actions against each one of the CJAC board members and are expanding their efforts to educate the public about each company's wrongdoing. For further information including press releases about CAOC's initiatives or CJAC's initiative and text of the measures, check out http://www.caoc.com/ClassActionInitiative.