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.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Public Nuisance Reform Act Draft

    AN ACT to ensure that the tort of public nuisance may be pursued in a manner consistent with its historical scope. Section 1. Purpose. The object of this statute is to ensure that the tort of “public nuisance” is defined clearly, and in a manner consistent with its traditional scope, …

  • Asbestos Litigation Over-Naming Reform Act Draft

    Section 1. Asbestos action – filing of sworn information form – dismissal. (1)         A plaintiff in any asbestos-related personal injury or death action shall file, within thirty days after filing the complaint or other initial pleading, a sworn information form signed by plaintiff and plaintiff’s counsel specifying the evidence that …

  • Protecting Everyone’s Constitutional Rights Act Draft

    Section 1:           Findings Government’s most important responsibility is to protect the rights under the laws and constitutions of this State and the United States. Government’s violation of rights diminishes the lives, liberty, property and pursuits of individuals. Government’s failure to remedy a violation of rights imposes an unjust cost on …

  • Emergency Power Limitation Act Draft

    Therefore, be it enacted: Section 1. Nothing in this act grants additional emergency powers to the governor or any other official. Section 2. State and local officials may issue nonbinding recommendations and guidelines, and they may help coordinate public and private action to prevent or respond to an emergency. Section …

  • Anchors Away Act Draft

    Model Policy In the trial of any civil tort action, a plaintiff or that person’s counsel shall not seek or make reference to a specific dollar amount or state a range for the jury to consider with respect to awards of noneconomic damages.

  • LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYERS IN A DECLARED DISASTER OR PUBLIC EMERGENCY ACT Final

    Section 1. As used in this act, the following words shall have the following meaning: (1) “Guidance” means written guidance related to a declared public emergency that is issued by a federal, state, or local government authority including, but not limited to, the United States Health and Human Services …

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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 …

Press Releases

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