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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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 …

  • Uniform Worker Classification Act Draft

    Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title.} This Act shall be known as the Uniform Worker Classification Act. Section 2. {Legislative Declarations.} FINDINGS: The Legislature Finds: (A) Recent developments in the workforce marketplace, and in particular with the advent of the so-called “gig” economy, have highlighted …

  • Transparency in Lawsuits Protection Act Sunset Review

    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 Sunset Review

    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 …

  • 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 …

  • Administrative Procedures Act Draft

    Model Policy 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.

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