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.

The bills listed below are of particular importance and an analysis and links to key documents are provided by clicking the issue title. WCJC’s Tracking Report, prepared by the Hamilton Consulting Group, provides a status of all bills of interest to WCJC.

Please contact Bob Fassbender with any questions.

2017-2018 Legislative Session (password protected)

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Adult Sponsor of a Minor Applicant for a Driver’s License

Governor Scott Walker signed this legislation into law on March 2, 2016. Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) have introduced the legislation, SB 408/AB 540. 2015 Wisconsin Act 202 limits the liability that may be imputed to an innocent parent or other adult who sponsors a person under the age of 18 in obtaining a motor vehicle operator’s license.

Limiting Phantom Damages

Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) have introduced legislation (SB 405/AB 539) that will allow juries in personal injury cases to see all the evidence when determining the amount required to compensate a plaintiff for his or her past medical expenses.


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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