ILR presents the seventh edition of 101 Ways: A User’s Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice. As with prior editions of 101 Ways, this paper covers a broad range of civil justice priority issues, offering policymakers and reform advocates a robust set of options for improving the civil legal environment in their states.

The reforms in this edition are organized around five central pillars:

  • Address Over-Regulation and Over-Enforcement
  • Safeguard the Integrity of the Litigation Process
  • Promote Rational Liability Rules
  • Improve Product Liability Law
  • Address Damages “Run Wild”

This user’s guide to state legal reforms considers key issues confronting policymakers. The new questions answered in this edition of 101 Ways include:

  • How can states prevent private plaintiffs’ attorneys and local governments from misusing public nuisance law to address complex public policy issues that are squarely in the purview of legislatures?
  • How can legislatures address “nuclear verdicts” that often result from trial tactics that manipulate and inflame juries?
  • How can states discourage plaintiffs’ lawyers from naming businesses that have little or no connection to the litigation as defendants?


Victor E. Schwartz, Cary Silverman, and Christopher E. Appel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.