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New jobs needed in place of frivolous lawsuits

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In a recent article for Daily News Los Angeles, writer David Houston states that California needs to focus on job growth and spend less time on frivolous lawsuits.

Houston relays that many businesses are affected by bad lawsuits, which can effectively eliminate staff positions or cause a company to close down.

Currently, the state's unemployment rate sits at 12.3 percent, which indicates room for improvement in the job sector. Houston believes one way to increase the number of jobs is to stop "vexatious litigants" - those who frequently file lawsuits.

These litigants commonly target smaller businesses, as the cost of a legal defense can sometimes be too great for them. The litigants then look for small violations that typically cause minimal damage. Houston relays that many of these businesses pay a penalty instead of going to court, leaving the litigants to continue filing dozens of suits against them. Furthermore, paying penalties also means that few businesses actually address their violations.

To avoid entering lawsuits regarding professional liability, companies need to increase their efforts to comply with industry regulations and guidelines. Avoiding costly fines and lawsuits can then potentially boost job growth in many areas.  

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