Founded in 1923, the American Law Institute ("ALI") is one of the important institutions in our society that maintains the rule of law and keeps our legal systems fair and balanced. It is a deliberative body with members, procedural and voting rules that have been developed over many years.  

Over the past seven years, UP Executive Director Amy Bach has served as one of the Advisers to a Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance project. UP has written extensively on the Restatement and been an strong voice for policyholders at ALI meetings and other forums

The purpose of the Restatement is to provide courts and litigants with guidance on the standards and rules that come into play when a person or business has been sued and is relying on their insurance company to defend and indemnify them - in other words, get them out of a bad situation. Lawsuits are scary and expensive, and this project is very important to policyholders.  A tremendous amount of work and debate has gone into the product.  Neither "side" got everything they wanted - but there was extensive research, drafting, and debates among the industry and policyholder advocate advisers and ALI membership and the final draft was ready for adoption at a May 2017 meeting.
 
However, despite seven years of hard work and consensus building among industry and policyholder lawyers, a small number of tort reform advocates launched a last ditch effort to prevent its final adoption and succeeded in convincing ALI management to postpone a vote on the final document for a full year.  We are disheartened and outraged by this development and will continue working to reverse this foul play.  The CEO of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, American Family Insurance Company and the Idaho Insurance Commissioner pushed to postpone the vote.
 
Industry representatives boasted about derailing the Project:  http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2017/05/31/278684.htm