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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Meeting Information

Task Force on Civil Justice Meeting Agenda

Thursday, July 25, 2024

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2:00 PM- Call to Order: Introductions

2:05 PM- Presentation: Parental Rights and the Civil Justice System

2:20 PM- Presentation: Entrepreneurial Freedom Restoration Act

2:40 PM- Presentation: Civil Solutions for the Anti-Squatting Landlord

3:00 PM- Presentation: Civil Immunities in Defense of Property & Self Defense Scenario

3:20 PM- Proposed Model Policy Amendments to the Reliability in Expert Testimony Standards Act

3:50 PM- New Model Policy: Protecting Everyone’s Constitutional Rights Act

4:20 PM- Model Policy Renewals

4:40 PM- For the Good of the Order

4:45 PM- Adjournment

All Model Policies

  • Charitable Organizations Privacy Protection Act Draft

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF [STATE]: Section 1. Charitable organization beneficiary affidavit and third-party protection. (1) For the purposes of this section, “beneficiary designation” means the provision in an instrument designating a beneficiary, other than in a will or an instrument creating…

  • Protecting Everyone’s Constitutional Rights Act (PECRA) Draft

    Subdivision 1:     Definitions (1) “Government” means state, county, municipal, and other political subdivision in this state. (2) “Government employee” means an individual employed or contracted by a government employer. (3) “Government employer” means an executive, legislative, or judicial agency, department, board, commission, authority, institution,…

  • Amendments to the Reliability in Expert Testimony Standards Act Draft

    Section 1.  Short Title This Act may be known and cited as the Reliability in Expert Testimony Standards Act. Section 2.  Testimony by Expert Witnesses  {FRE 702} A witness who is qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify in the form of an opinion…

  • 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…

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