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


All Model Policies

  • Overtime Exceptions and Class Actions Prohibition Act Final

    Section 1. (A) (A)(1) Except as provided in divisions (B) and (C) of this section, an employer is not required to pay the overtime wage rate under section ______ of the Revised Code to an employee for any time that the employee spends performing any of the following activities:…

  • Independent Administrative Law Judges Act Final

    Whereas, due process of law, which is fundamental to ordered liberty in all dealings with the government, requires fair, unbiased, and independent adjudicators; and Whereas, unbiased and independent hearings and final decisions of all contested matters is necessary to both the actual and perceived legitimacy of the adjudicatory system; and…

  • Democratic Accountability in Board Appointments Act Final

    Whereas, much like the controversial Missouri Plan for judicial appointments, some states require their governor to select new members of occupational boards and commissions from a list of candidates provided by the board or self-interested professional associations; and Whereas, this method of selection undercuts democratic accountability, violates the separation of…

  • Anchors Away Act Final

    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 Final

    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 Final

    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…

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