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.

Meeting Information

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Policies for Sunset Review

All Model Policies

  • Whistleblower Immunity Act Sunset Review

    Summary  The purpose of this Act is to encourage the exposure of negligent health care providers. This Act limits liability for certain information and safeguards the confidentiality of individuals who come forward to disclose medical providers who practice negligent care. ALEC’s Whistle Blower Immunity Act holds that no person who …

  • Transparency in Lawsuits Protection Act Final

    Summary On occasion, courts create an “implied” cause of action or a right to sue in regulatory legislation.  The principles for when courts will or will not create these “implied” causes of action are vague and uncertain.  For that reason, there should be transparency in legislation as to whether any …

  • Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act Final

    Model Policy Section 1. {Title} This act may be known as the Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act Section 2. {Definitions} (A) For the purposes of this Act, a contract in excess of $1,000,000 is one in which the fee paid to an attorney or group of …

  • Administrative Procedures Act Final

    Section 1. {Short Title} Section 2. {Purpose} a. Rules shall be as simple and clear as possible. They shall achieve legislative goals effectively and efficiently. They shall not impose unnecessary burdens on the economy, on individuals, on public or private organizations, or on local governments. b. Agencies should promulgate only …

  • Volunteer Immunity and Charitable Organization Liability Limit Act Final

    Summary The Act is intended to promote the formation, financial stability, and healthy operation of charitable organizations and to encourage volunteer and charitable organizations by limiting the exposure of organizations and volunteers to lawsuits arising from their charitable activities.   Model Policy Section 1. {Title} This Act shall be known as …

  • Copycat Product Act Final

    Model Policy [Title, enacting clause, etc.] Section 1. {Liability for damages} (a) In any civil action for personal injury, death, or property damage caused by a product, regardless of the type of claims alleged or the theory of liability asserted, the plaintiff must prove, among other elements, that the defendant designed, …

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