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

Meeting Information

The 2016 Spring Task Force Meeting will take place on May 6, at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Draft models under consideration by the Civil Justice Task Force include:

All Model Policies

  • Resolution Regarding Codification of the Judicial Cy Pres Doctrine Sunset Review

    Educating state legislators regarding the dangers of judicial misapplication of the cy pres doctrine in the context of class action litigation, encouraging them to resist efforts to mandate use of cy pres in class action cases, and to provide them with the tools to protect the interests …

  • Statement of Principles on State Workers’ Compensation Reform Draft

    Preamble Government policy should encourage fair and sustainable state-based workers’ compensation laws that provide quality medical care and benefits to injured workers, and focus on workplace safety and successful return-to-work programs. Fair laws maintain an equitable balance between the interests and accountability of both employers and employees. Sustainable laws facilitate …

  • Actual Harms Act Draft

    Minimizes “no-injury” litigation to reserve state civil justice systems for individuals who have experienced real injuries and actual losses

  • Resolution in Support of Fair Recourse and Effective Deterrence Against Frivolous Claims Sunset Review

    PURPOSE: To support policy that allows for fair recourse and effective deterrence againt frivolous claims. WHEREAS, frivolous claims include those that are (1) presented for an improper purpose, such as harassment; (2) are not warranted by existing law or a non-frivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing …

  • The Promoting ‘Merit’ in Merit Selection Act Sunset Review

    Section 1. {Selection of Members, Size, Composition and Administration of the Appellate Judicial Commission}  (A) The legislature hereby establishes a Judicial Nominating Commission (hereafter the “Commission”) for the purpose of filling vacancies to the appellate judicial courts by nominating candidates for appointment by the governor. (B) The …

  • The Phantom Damages Elimination Act Sunset Review

    Section 1. {Title}.  This Act may be known as the Phantom Damages Elimination Act. Section 2. {Purpose}.  The purpose of this section is to prevent compensatory damage awards for medical expenses from including amounts that the claimant has not and will not pay for such medical care …

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