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Tort Liability Data Analysis Project Update

Phase 1 Completed

CAJPA is pleased to report that Phase 1 of the Tort Liability Data Analysis Project is finalized and results now available to members. CAJPA commissioned this special project to compile and analyze California’s public sector tort liability claims with the goal of identifying potential tort reform opportunities. CAJPA leadership heard from members how concerned they are as tort liability costs continue to skyrocket and threaten both the long-term financial stability of an agency as well as the ability to secure essential coverages at a reasonable price. The cost of claims, driven by unexpectedly high jury verdicts, social inflation, settlements and defense costs has created a hard liability insurance market and are placing severe financial pressures on California public entities. Phase 2 of the project is underway and expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The findings from this project will provide CAJPA and its members with comprehensive data that can drive future strategies on tort liability reform efforts to seek relief for California’s risk sharing pools.

Special thanks to those CAJPA members who have provided vital financial support for the project and/or responded to the Phase 1 data call. This project is not possible without the participation of CAJPA members. Data was provided by individual pools as well as through excess pools. Again, thank you for your support and participation in this collaborative effort which will benefit California’s risk sharing community!

Upon completion of Phase 2, CAJPA will host a virtual briefing on the findings for members.

If you have any questions or would like to support the Tort Liability Data Analysis Project, please contact CAJPA Executive Director Catherine Smith at casmith@cajpa.org.

Stay safe.