Civil Justice

Task Force Description

The Civil Justice Task Force and its members are at the forefront of the efforts to restore fairness and predictability to the civil justice system. The Task Force has developed model policy to protect the legal system from frivolous litigation that threatens its reliability, strains judicial resources and cripples businesses’ ability to innovate, employ and engender economic prosperity.  We bring together legal scholars, state lawmakers and industry representatives to craft targeted reforms that minimize loopholes, oust outrageous legal theories, align lawsuits with commonsense liability, and make the legal system a better arbiter of the free market economy.

Civil Justice Task Force work has resulted in the development of over 75 diligently developed model policies that balance justice in such areas as consumer protection liability, judicial overreach, asbestos litigation, workers’ compensation, product liability, anti-SLAPP public speech protection, jury service, sue and settle regulatory expansion and more.

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States with predictable legal systems that promote fair business practices attract business development and encourage job creation. In contrast, frivolous litigation is a byproduct of state laws that incentivize costly and low-merit litigation. Learn more about state legal systems and lawsuit reform at StateLawsuitReform.com.

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Policies for Sunset Review

All Model Policies

  • Intrastate Forum Shopping Abuse Reform Act Final

     Summary Forum shopping has become a significant problem in civil litigation.  Certain counties have become magnets for attracting claims with little or no connection to that county.  The burdens placed on these magnets courts are unfair to the residents of those counties, who are  forced to wait in line behind …

  • Commonsense Consumption Act Final

    Summary The Commonsense Consumption Act prevents the legislative and regulatory functions of the State of _____ from being usurped by civil lawsuits against a food manufacturer, packer, distributor, carrier, holder, seller, marketer, advertiser or trade association for claims of [actual or potential] injury resulting from weight gain, …

  • Fair Share Act Final

    Fair Share Act Summary ALEC’s model Fair Share Act provides that each defendant is liable only for damages in direct proportion to that defendant’s responsibility.  The model act also ensures that juries have an opportunity to consider the full picture of the events surrounding an injury when allocating …

  • Full & Fair Noneconomic Damages Act Final

     Summary Pain and suffering awards are intended to compensate an injured plaintiff for the pain and suffering resulting from an injury caused by the defendant.[1]  They are not intended as punishment for the defendant or to deter future misconduct.[2] Constitutional and statutory controls increasingly have been …

  • Class Actions Improvements Act Sunset Review

    Class Actions Improvements Act Summary This Act makes several revisions to the basic class action statute or rule that has been adopted in some form by most states (i.e., Rule 23 of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure).[i]  For the most part, the revisions clarify Rule …

  • Asbestos Claims Transparency Act Final

    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 …

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