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

  • Whistleblower Immunity Act Final

    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 …

  • Resolution on Protective Orders Final

    WHEREAS, proposals have been put forth in a number of state legislatures that would make it extremely difficult to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information (e.g., trade secrets) produced during the course of discovery or contained in settlement agreements, and WHEREAS, confidentiality plays an important role in …

  • Statement of Principles on Philanthropic Freedom Final

    Statement of Principles on Philanthropic Freedom Philanthropy exemplifies the American ideal of private action in the public interest, demonstrating our faith in the capacity of individual citizens not only to create wealth, but also—voluntarily—to care for their country, their communities, and their fellow citizens without undue reliance on …

  • Resolution in Opposition to Legislation Regulating Online Advocacy Final

    WHEREAS, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right to the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition; WHEREAS, the First Amendment’s preservation of free speech, press, assembly, and petition encourages the spread of information and open public debate, which is essential to a well-functioning democracy; WHEREAS, …

  • Resolution Opposing Unfair Federal Consent Decrees Final

    PURPOSE:  To support policy ensuring that federal consent decrees are narrowly drafted, limited in duration, and respectful of state and local interests and policy judgments. WHEREAS, in a growing number of cases involving state and local governments across the nation, consent decrees have become a means by …

  • Resolution on Animal Liability and Guardianship Final

    WHEREAS, individuals historically could not collect non-economic damages in animal litigation, and the existing legal and legislative framework that defines the relationship between livestock producers and their animals, pet owners and their pets, and animal enterprises including but not limited to those defined in Section 2 of …

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