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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All Model Policies

  • Rational Use of a Product Act Sunset Review

    Summary  The ALEC model Rational Use of a Product Act clarifies the law as to when a manufacturer or other seller is subject to liability for injuries stemming from misuse of its products: the alleged injury must result from the reasonable, foreseeable misuse of the product.  The model …

  • Limits on Multiple Punitive Damages Resolution Sunset Review

     WHEREAS, multiple punitive damages claims are a major obstacle to comprehensive settlement negotiations in repetitive litigation between plaintiffs and dependents; and   WHEREAS, limiting multiple punitive damages awards would open the way for the prompt resolution of claims involving many injured plaintiffs; and WHEREAS, state and lower federal …

  • Prejudgment and Post-Judgment Interest Act Sunset Review

    Summary The Model Prejudgment and Post-judgment Interest Act provides for the reform of statutory interest rates for both prejudgment and post-judgment interest. The Act also provides a six month exception to prejudgment interest and a provision encouraging offers of settlement.   Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title} This …

  • Landowners’ Liability Act Sunset Review

     Summary The Landowners’ Liability Act encourages landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for educational and recreational purposes by limiting the owners liability toward persons entering thereon for such purposes. The Act provides that owners of land may be compensated for expenditures incurred in …

  • Litigation Accountability Act Sunset Review

    Summary  This Act sets forth guidelines and procedures for determining when it is appropriate to impose sanctions for frivolous actions. Under the Act, parties who bring unjustified claims will be assessed court costs and attorneys’ fees. Model Policy  Section 1. {Title} This act shall be known and may be cited …

  • Jury Patriotism Act Sunset Review

    Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title}  This Act shall be known and may be cited as the [Jury Patriotism Act].  Section 2. {Full Participation on Petit Juries of All Citizens}  It is the policy of this State that all qualified citizens have an obligation to serve on …

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