Key Points
  • Encourage diversity in juries to help moderate lawsuit awards
  • Minimize fraud in asbestos litigation to preserve scarce resources for the injured
  • Fine-tune state consumer protection liability laws so good actors aren’t frivolously punished
  • Align lawsuit award payment with liability
  • Eliminate overpayment in medical liability cases by refocusing on payments made rather than inflated billed rates
  • Create congruity between liability and regulatory systems so the regulated aren’t punished for merely complying with regulations

State legal systems and the liability they exert on businesses and individuals are a disincentive to bad behavior and allow fair players to succeed in the marketplace. When lawsuits inappropriately punish good actors, resources are sucked out of the business economy, away from research & development and job creation.

Lawsuit reform, or tort reform, refocuses litigation on the reasonable reimbursement of injured victims for wrongs committed against them by another’s actions. States with fair and predictable legal systems that promote good business practices and don’t over-punish attract business development and encourage job creation.

Reform should focus on filtering out meritless lawsuits, closing abused loopholes in the law and improving the accuracy of lawsuit awards while preserving the proper incentives to protect consumers.


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Model Policies

  • Asbestos Claims Transparency Act Sunset Review

    Asbestos Claims Transparency Act Model Policy Title __ of the [   ] Code is amended by adding Chapter ___ to read as follows: Chapter __.  Claims Involving Asbestos Exposure Section 1. {Short Title}  This chapter may be cited …

  • Ten-Year Statute of Repose Act Sunset Review

     Summary Statutes of repose prohibit filing of claims beyond a specified period of time after the date of sale of a product or provision of a service. This model bill provides that a plaintiff must commence a cause of action within 10 years after the purchase date …

  • Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act Sunset Review

    Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act Title __ of the [    ] Code is amended by adding Chapter __ to read as follows: Chapter __.  Claims Involving Asbestos or Silica Exposure Section 1. {Short Title} This chapter may be cited as the “Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act.” …

  • Appeal Bond Waiver Act Sunset Review

    Model Legislation Section 1. {Appeal Bond Waived} (A)    In any civil action in which a plaintiff obtains a judgment, the state supersedeas bond requirements shall be waived as to that portion of the judgment that exceeds $1,000,000 if the party or parties found liable seek a stay of …

  • Admissibility in Civil Actions of Nonuse of a Seat Belt Act Sunset Review

    Section 1.  {Short Title} This Act is titled and may be known as the Admissibility in Civil Actions of Nonuse of a Seat Belt  Section 2. In any civil action, a violation of [the mandatory seatbelt usage statute] shall not establish negligence as a matter of law or negligence per …

  • Actual Harms Act Final

    Minimizes “no-injury” litigation to reserve state civil justice systems for individuals who have experienced real injuries and actual losses

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Task Forces

Civil Justice

The Civil Justice Task Force and its members are at the forefront of the efforts to restore fairness and predictability …