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Small business summit in Bakersfield will address lawsuit abuse

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 13:49:08-04
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) will host the summit at the Petroleum Club in Bakersfield on Friday, June 24th at 11:30 a.m.
 
The event will feature Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and local Kern County business owners who are expected to address deep concerns about California’s Private Attorney General Act or PAGA.  
 
Over 100 PAGA lawsuits have been filed against Kern County business owners alone and more 30,000 PAGA lawsuits statewide since 2010, according to Assemblywoman Shannon Grove.   
 
The Assemblywoman will explain what she is doing to reform PAGA and protect businesses against abusive lawsuits and eliminate the economic burden they bring. 
 
CALA says the Bakersfield area has been a target of PAGA lawsuits where business owners are sued over minor technical violations that become class action lawsuits. The organization says the lawsuits have cost jobs or forced the business to permanently close.  Others have filed bankruptcy, laid off workers or even taken their businesses and jobs, such as B&L Casing, to Texas.