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 and / 11.14.2018

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a national opinion survey that highlights the surprising resilience of America’s pragmatic political center two years into Donald Trump’s deeply polarizing presidency. The poll reinforces a key takeaway from the 2018 midterm elections: Suburban voters – especially women – are repelled by the president’s racial and cultural demagoguery […]

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 […]

Press

By / 6.14.2018

The United States Conference of Mayors met in Boston last week, and a key topic was climate change. Mayors have been looking for ways to exert leadership on this issue, but one idea that should be tossed to the waste bin is suing America’s energy producers over so-called “climate change injuries.” These lawsuits, started by […]

By / 3.1.2018

Environmental activists are once again greeting a Republican administration’s resistance to setting carbon dioxide emission limits with lawsuits. In January, Mayor DeBlasio in New York City followed seven California cities that filed lawsuits over climate change last summer. These lawsuits, though, miss the point and their target. They are not suing the Trump administration. They […]

By / 9.21.2017

The pharmaceutical company Allergan shocked the prescription drug market this month when it transferred its intellectual property rights to its blockbuster drug Restasis, a treatment for dry eyes that generated $1.5 billion in sales last year, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe in exchange for an exclusive licensing deal. This bold tactic was intended […]

Blog

By / 9.24.2018

The U.S. Supreme Court is planning to decide this month whether it will hear a case that has started a seismic shift in how local governments look to fund their efforts to address pollution and other public health risks. This case, which deals with removing lead paint from homes, may not dominate national headlines the […]

By / 5.22.2018

The George Mason University’s Law & Economic Center hosted its Twelfth Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues on Monday, May 11, 2018. The program included many pressing topics of liability, including innovator liability against branded pharmaceutical companies, climate change tort cases against energy producers, litigation financing, and the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

By / 5.18.2018

by Tom Stebbins, PPI Center for Civil Justice Advisory Board Member The American civil justice system breaks down when litigation is driven by profit over justice. Nowhere is this tragic trend more evident than in the burgeoning “lawsuit lending” industry. Last year, former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a fellow PPI Center for Civil Justice advisory […]