Projects

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.

Civil Justice Center Advisory Board

Publications

America's Resilient Center and the Road to 2020 - Results from a New National Survey

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…

Trump's EPA Cuts: An Invitation to Litigation

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…

Showdown in Alabama: Litigators vs. Innovators

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…

Blog

Goldberg, Pincus Testify on Value of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a hearing on pre-dispute arbitration clauses on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  PPI Center for Civil Justice Director, Phil Goldberg, and Andy Pincus, who served as general counsel of the Commerce Department under President Clinton, testified in support of pre-dispute arbitration…

Goldberg for The Hill, "The case before the Supreme Court this month that is dividing progressives"

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…

Goldberg, Klasmeier Brief State Judges on Legal Shortcomings of Innovator Liability

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…

Op-eds and Articles

PPI Launches Series of New Ideas for a ‘Do-Something’ Congress

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump…

Goldberg for RealClearEnergy, “America’s Mayors Should Not File Copycat Climate Suits”

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…

Goldberg for The Hill, “Climate change lawsuits are ineffective political stunts”

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…

PPI in the News

Legal Newsline: Justice Reform Groups Continue Push for Venue, Jurisdiction Bills in Missouri Legislature

Phil Goldberg, director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civil Justice and Don Gifford, a member of PPI’s Center for Civil Justice Advisory Board, were quoted in the Legal NewsLine about a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling: “The ruling offers some clarity on jurisdiction rules in Missouri—as in, courts don’t have jurisdiction over out-of-state claims—but…

Northern California Record: California PCB Cases Could Expose Businesses Everywhere

By W.J Kennedy SACRAMENTO - Legal actions taken by ten governments on the West Coast against the chemical giant Monsanto could eventually ensnare thousands of other manufacturers (even of discontinued products) in the same types of these highly speculative, virtually defenseless actions, legal experts warn. “Any business that makes anything could face the threat of…

Press Releases

PPI Launches Series of New Ideas for a ‘Do-Something’ Congress

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump…

Project Lead

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Phil Goldberg

Director of the Center for Civil Justice

Biography & Writings