WCJC Legislative Priorities

WCJC’s preferred approach is to develop and advance civil justice reforms working with the business community, elected officials and others who share our goals. Often, however, it is necessary to fight an aggressive anti-business agenda advanced by the plaintiffs’ bar that would weaken the state’s ability to attract new or keep existing businesses. WCJC has been successful at both promoting positive legislation and defeating harmful legislation.

Please contact Bob Fassbender with any questions.

 2017-18 Civil Litigation Reform

The Wisconsin litigation reform agenda for 2017-18 includes common-sense reforms to address the high transactional cost of litigation. For example, reforms to discovery and class action suits will save all litigants time and money, including state and local government. Other reforms will promote efficiency and reduce costs while assuring the Wisconsin civil justice system remains fair to all parties.

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Policy Papers

In a defining effort, the Wisconsin Legislature, with Gov. Walker’s leadership, enacted sweeping civil justice reforms during the contentious 2011-12 Legislative Session. Landmark reforms relating to product liability, expert opinion testimony, risk contribution, and caps on punitive damages, among others, turned Wisconsin’s souring litigation and business climate into one of the most competitive jurisdictions in the country from a litigation standpoint. Click here to read WCJC’s in-depth summary of the reforms.

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