Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas was a hot-bed for lawsuit abuse in the 1980's and early 1990's. Local employers, civic leaders and doctors watched as frivolous lawsuits and outlandish damage awards took away job opportunities, raised consumer prices and limited access to health care.

In late 1990s, local citizens decided to fight back - and the nation's first Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) group was born. CALA's mission is the same today as it was then - to empower the public by informing them of the toll lawsuit abuse takes on all of us.

CALA now operates under its own charter as a separate organization, with oversight and administration by the Partnership staff. It has been credited with bringing better balance to jury awards and decreasing frivolous lawsuits. It's educational program continues with messages to encourage fairness for all parties, discourage barratry, and encourage responsibility in serving on a jury and to seek an improved civil justice system in general.

The launch of CALA in the Rio Grande Valley sparked a grassroosupporters in Texas alone, CALA ts-driven movement that has spread statewide and across the nation. With more than 25,000 groups play a pivotal role in the lawsuit abuse debate.