ALEC Model Policies

State legislators, think tanks, members of the business economy and ALEC lawsuit reform experts have worked together over the last 25 years to develop fair-minded, meaningful reforms to reign in excessive litigation.

Categories:

  • Lawsuit Damages

    • Noneconomic Damages Awards Act

      Places a cap on the noneconomic damages that can be awarded in a lawsuit.
    • Punitive Damages Standards Act

      Establishes clear standards for the awarding of punitive damages and recommends a 2 to 1 ratio of punitive to compensatory damages when punitive damages are deemed appropriate.
  • Liability Sharing

    • Fair Share Act

      Ensures that defendants are only responsible for paying their fair share of a verdict and that juries consider complete scenarios when allocating fault.
  • Product Liability Lawsuits

    • Product Liability Act

      Encourages safety and innovation in the development of products by ensuring that only those meaningfully involved in developing a product are held liable for defects and clarifying evidence standards and causes of action for product liability claims.
    • Regulatory Compliance Congruity with Liability Act

      Offers 3 options to provide some commonsense relief from liability for products in compliance with regulations.
    • Rational Use of a Product Act

      Protects responsible businesses from lawsuits for injuries due to the unreasonable misuse of their product.
    • Ten-Year Statute of Repose Act

      Provides that an injury occurring ten years after a product is sold is presumed to not result from a defect in the product, with certain exceptions.
  • Consumer Protection Litigation

    • Private Enforcement of Consumer Protection Statutes Act

      Codifies the proper balance between consumer protection and economic fairness by requiring proper proof in consumer protection litigation and providing commonsense limitations on awards.
  • Representative Juries

  • Government Contracts with Private Lawyers

    • Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act

      Sheds light on the hiring of outside counsel on contingency fee by instituting a transparent bidding process and providing for legislative oversight.
  • Interest Paid on Judgments

    • Prejudgment and Post-Judgment Interest Act

      Ties interest rates on lawsuit judgment awards to the U.S. Treasury bill rate.
  • Class Action Lawsuits

    • Class Action Improvements Act

      Makes several improvements to the use of class actions to ensure the mechanism is used properly and not abused. Primarily, the model governs prerequisites for class certifications and guarantees the right to appeal a class certification.
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