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

  • Asbestos Claims Transparency Act Sunset Review

    Asbestos Claims Transparency Act Model Policy Title __ of the [   ] Code is amended by adding Chapter ___ to read as follows: Chapter __.  Claims Involving Asbestos Exposure Section 1. {Short Title}  This chapter may be cited …

  • Ten-Year Statute of Repose Act Sunset Review

     Summary Statutes of repose prohibit filing of claims beyond a specified period of time after the date of sale of a product or provision of a service. This model bill provides that a plaintiff must commence a cause of action within 10 years after the purchase date …

  • Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act Sunset Review

    Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act Title __ of the [    ] Code is amended by adding Chapter __ to read as follows: Chapter __.  Claims Involving Asbestos or Silica Exposure Section 1. {Short Title} This chapter may be cited as the “Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act.” …

  • Appeal Bond Waiver Act Sunset Review

    Model Legislation Section 1. {Appeal Bond Waived} (A)    In any civil action in which a plaintiff obtains a judgment, the state supersedeas bond requirements shall be waived as to that portion of the judgment that exceeds $1,000,000 if the party or parties found liable seek a stay of …

  • Admissibility in Civil Actions of Nonuse of a Seat Belt Act Sunset Review

    Section 1.  {Short Title} This Act is titled and may be known as the Admissibility in Civil Actions of Nonuse of a Seat Belt  Section 2. In any civil action, a violation of [the mandatory seatbelt usage statute] shall not establish negligence as a matter of law or negligence per …

  • Resolution in Support of Nonprofit Donor Privacy – EDITS IN PDF VERSION Draft

    WHEREAS, the first amendment of the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to the freedom of speech and according to founding father Benjamin Franklin “is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is …

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