California’s Pet Rock, Part II

Even as I was penning my blog item yesterday about the debate over lawmakers’ move to drop serpentine as California’s official state rock, the Civil Justice Association of California – an industry-sponsored group seeking to restrict lawsuit damages – was sending a memo asking Assembly members to oppose the bill.

“We believe SB 624, if enacted into law, will be used in an attempt to justify naming additional blameless public and private defendants in asbestos litigation,” CJAC President John Sullivan wrote. “Out-of-state plaintiff law firms specializing in asbestos litigation have been moving to California to take advantage of our evidence and forum rules.”

That means bigger burdens on trial courts, especially in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he wrote. “We have no position on whether serpentine or any other mineral should be California’s state rock, or whether the state should even have one. But should the matter be dealt with, doing so should not be based on bad science that inspires bad law.”

And, as the New York Times carried a story on the debate today, it’s now national news; congrats, California.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Rock on!