FJA Action Center



Our Constitutional Rights are Under Attack
Special corporate and insurance interests are trying to manipulate our state’s elected leaders to dismantle our fundamental Constitutional rights of access to courts and trial by a jury as guaranteed by the Florida’s State Constitution and the 7th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

Such a government overreach would take the power away from a citizens’ jury and tilt the scales in favor of big government, politicians, and powerful special interests. If special interests and politicians can eliminate our fundamental civil justice rights, what’s to stop them from stripping away our other freedoms?  

The Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars ($20.00), the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."


Important Events

March 6th, 2019
- Civil Justice Meeting (Video Link)

1st bill up is Dangerous Instrumentality (HB 355)
Bill Cotterall testifies at 12:14

2nd bill up is Tort Reform (HB 17) – begins at 27:20
Tiffany Faddis testifies at 44:50 on Medical Damages
Leslie Kroeger testifies at 51:00 on Caps on Noneconomic Damages
Leslie testifies again on the bill at 1:11:25.

 


   


Human Life is Priceless
The state shouldn't place an arbitrary value on human life. That is exactly what special corporate and insurance interests are pushing Florida lawmakers to do. 

The Florida Justice Association stands ready when these special interests seek to steal our Constitutional rights or move to immorally, unethically, and callously impose an arbitrary dollar value for human life or human potential. 

It is immoral to assign a specific dollar value to a human life in the law. Legislation to do so represents a dangerous and slippery slope on issues about the sanctity and dignity of life.

Standing Up to Those Who Would Rig the System
We stand tall to defend our Seventh Amendment firewall and will remain on high alert to guard against special corporate and insurance interests. We will not allow special interests to rig the system for the benefit of their bottom lines at Floridians’ expense.

Instead of advancing government-mandated approaches that condone bad behavior, Florida lawmakers must say “no” to the special interests and take bold, strong, and principled action to uphold personal responsibility. Why should the burden be shifted from the wrongdoer to the victim or to Florida taxpayers if someone is negligently injured in a debilitating way? 

Delayed Rights are Denied Rights
Special interest supporters of bills to impose burdensome, intrusive, and unnecessary restrictions on the civil justice rights of Floridians. Like a shady salesman, they worm their way into lawmakers’ offices and make grand promises about how their schemes will cut insurance rates, create jobs, or improve our lives. They provide no credible evidence to back up their promises.  

We will defend the principles our founders enshrined in the Florida and U.S. Constitutions. A delayed right is a denied right. We will not surrender Floridians’ civil justice rights. To do so is to surrender liberty. 

Call to Action
Please take action and contact your lawmakers TODAY and respectfully urge them to (defend our constitutionally protected civil justice rights.) (Defeat HB 17, 301, 355, 122, et. al)