Center for Civil Justice

America’s civil justice system is a “public good” that should produce predictable, accurate and just results. The PPI Center for Civil Justice seeks to defend the integrity of our legal system from litigation abuse and efforts to bypass legislatures to make policy in the courts.

Publications

By / 3.20.2017

The bullseye of President Trump’s budget cuts is now clear. Unless Congress asserts itself, the budget of the EPA will be slashed thirty-one percent, more than any other agency. The budgets of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and climate change programs within NASA will be similarly decimated. These cuts should not come as a […]

By / 9.24.2015

Every once in a while, personal injury lawyers come up with new ways to sue that can be real head scratchers. Courts usually weed out these theories, but they get through on occasion. This happened last year in Alabama, where the Alabama Supreme Court held that a company can be subject to liability, not for […]

By / 10.1.2013

President Obama brought much needed attention this June to “patent trolling,” a growing area of litigation abuse vexing America’s high-tech industries. In these lawsuits, shell businesses called Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) or Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs)—some of which have been nicknamed “patent trolls”—game the patent and litigation systems. They purchase dormant patents, wait for others to independently […]

Press

By / 9.18.2017

Phil Goldberg and Kathryn Constance discuss the impact that a recent Supreme Court decision could have on sanctions over discovery and other litigation disputes. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the little-known case Goodyear v. Haeger this past term, set important limits on a judge’s inherent authority sanctions, which could have significant implications in discovery disputes. […]

By / 8.11.2017

In New York and around the country, we count on judges and juries to get things right, but there is no way they can do their jobs if they are blindfolded from the facts. In the past few years, judges have exposed a national trend of plaintiffs’ lawyers hiding critical facts when suing over asbestos […]

By Rob Sweeney, PPI Center for Civil Justice Contributor  As a small business owner, I often hear about abusive litigation threats but never thought they would affect me – until now. I own a small technology business based in Kansas City called TextCaster that provides text-messaging services for educational, civic, nonprofit and corporate organizations. Over […]

Blog

By / 2.8.2017

Phil Goldberg, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civil Justice, testified in the Missouri Legislature on Monday, January 30 to urge the House Special Committee on Litigation Reform to adopt a package of bills to address venue and joinder abuse in the state. The testimony, provided on behalf of the American Tort Reform […]

In this month’s issue, Governing magazine highlighted the costs of civil litigation on American cities. The magazine found that New York City spends $720 million on lawsuits every year, more than the next nineteen other cities combined. The city that never sleeps is often sued, handling 9,500 cases in the last fiscal year. The fact that New […]

By / 1.6.2016

A feature for the Center for Civil Justice. Can America’s courts deliver better schools for disadvantaged students? Some students and teachers seem to think so. In Massachusetts, five student plaintiffs who were unable to secure seats in charter school lotteries intend to file a lawsuit challenging the state’s cap on charter schools. In California, veteran teacher […]