Normally, it’s large plaintiffs’ verdicts that put St. Louis in the crosshairs of the American Tort Reform Association. This year, the group found fault with a series of defense wins — including those not tried in the city of St. Louis at all.
It’s a stark contrast to previous sessions, where the Republican-led legislature has sent a continuous stream of tort bills to a Republican governor’s desk.
Several proposed changes to Missouri tort laws remain in play in the final weeks of the truncated 2020 session.
The bill, which needs another vote before it moves to the Senate, would set a statute of repose in products-liability cases.
Where a plaintiff challenged a judgment following a jury verdict for the defendant doctor in her medical malpractice case, the trial court did not err in admitting medical expert testimony that met sufficient reliability criteria, and the judgment is affirmed in part because the plaintiff did not meet her burden to show that the verdict […]
An appeals court ordered a new trial, saying the plaintiff should have been allowed to ask a defense expert about his advocacy for tort reform.
Gov. Mike Parson devoted just a single line in his State of the State address to changing Missouri’s tort laws. “We must have a real discussion about tort reform in the legislature,” he said in his Jan. 15 speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. The line near the end of the […]
As lawmakers returned to Jefferson City on Jan. 8, the Republican majority appeared ready to pick up where last year’s efforts to change the state’s tort laws left off. Among the bills expected to get a major push this year is an overhaul of the rules for awarding punitive damages. “Punitives seems to be at […]
Fulfilling one of Republican lawmakers’ major goals for tort law this year, the Missouri House gave final approval to a bill that overhauls the state’s venue and joinder laws. The bill passed by a 100-46 vote on May 1 and now heads to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk for his signature. The Missouri Senate had approved […]
The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would alter Missouri’s venue and joinder laws — in a way far different from what lawmakers had envisioned just two weeks ago.
State lawmakers have been pushing for three years to overhaul Missouri’s venue and joinder laws, citing the large number of mass torts in St. Louis featuring mostly out-of-state plaintiffs suing out-of-state companies. As one lawyer put it, St. Louis had become “America’s courtroom.”
Lawmakers returned to Jefferson City on Jan. 9 for the 100th session of the Missouri General Assembly. It promises to be a very different session than last year’s. Most notably, lawmakers are working with a new governor, Mike Parson, who succeeded former Gov. Eric Greitens last year after a series of scandals led Greitens to resign on June 1.
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- Appellate Practice : Jurisdiction – Final Judgment
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