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

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All Model Policies

  • Fair Share Act Sunset Review

    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 Sunset Review

     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 …

  • Ten-Year Statute of Repose Act Final

     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 Final

    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.” …

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