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

  • Assumption of Risk Act Sunset Review

    Summary In recent years, courts in some states have held that when the legislature adopted a comparative fault statute, which bases the award to the plaintiff on the defendant’s percentage of responsibility for the injury to plaintiff, the legislature abolished the defense of assumption of the risk. About half of …

  • Notice and Opportunity to Repair Act Sunset Review

    Summary A Claimant filing a Construction Defect suit must provide written notice of each alleged Construction Defect to a Contractor 90 days before a suit is filed and provide the evidence supporting such claim.  Claimants must provide …

  • Comparative Fault Act Sunset Review

    Summary This Act adopts a modified comparative fault system which bars a plaintiff’s recovery whose fault exceeds that of the defendants and nonparties. This ensures that only deserving plaintiffs are compensated. A key part of this Act is the assessment of the fault of nonparties, which guarantees …

  • The Fair Notice and Market Stability Act Sunset Review

    Summary  This Act will achieve and sustain a healthy judiciary while ensuring market stability by: requiring that public policy decisions be made in open public proceedings with considerations of a broad range of concerns and interests, limiting the impact of individual disputes to those named individuals, providing …

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Act Sunset Review

    Summary The Multi-Door Courthouse Act provides parties to a lawsuit with choices for resolving their dispute that save time and money, when compared to formal court proceedings, by encouraging alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures – limited discovery, confidential proceedings, and nonjudicial assistance in evaluating the parties’ claims.

  • Product Liability Act Sunset Review

    Product Liability Act Summary The Model Product Liability Act (“Model PLA”) provides legislators with core product liability provisions reflecting the best practices of the states.  Approximately twenty states have codified their product liability laws; several did so based on the original …

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