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.

slrState Lawsuit Reform

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



All Model Policies

  • Anchors Away Act

    Model Policy In the trial of any civil tort action, no party or counsel for a party shall seek or make reference to a specific dollar amount or state a range for the jury to consider with respect to awards of noneconomic damages.

  • Targeted Legislative Review Act

    Policy Whereas, administrative agencies with insufficient democratic controls do more than fill in tiny gaps left by the legislature in regulatory schemes, but instead, often write detailed rules with the force of law that have sweeping social and economic consequences, including imposing significant civil or even criminal penalties on businesses…

  • Accountability in Rule Making Act

    Model Policy Section 1. (a) The adoption or amendment of any rule or rules package by any state agency shall be subject to the approval of the governor. (b) No agency may submit for publication in the [state Administrative Register] any required notice of the adoption of a new rule…

  • Emergency Power Limitation Act

    Therefore, be it enacted: Section 1. Nothing in this act grants additional emergency powers to the governor or any other official. Section 2. State and local officials may issue nonbinding recommendations and guidelines, and they may help coordinate public and private action to prevent or respond to an emergency. Section…


    Section 1. As used in this act, the following words shall have the following meaning: (1) “Guidance” means written guidance related to a declared public emergency that is issued by a federal, state, or local government authority including, but not limited to, the United States Health and Human Services…

  • Expedited Suspension and Legislative Repeal of Harmful Rules Act

    Section 1. Nothing in this act grants any authority to the governor, a state agency, commission, board, or any other state actor to impose or increase regulatory burdens on, or further restrict the liberty of, private parties. The deregulatory actions authorized by this act include the temporary or permanent suspension…

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