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Lawmakers’ 2020 tort priorities draw on past sessions’ work

Missouri State Capitol

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 ...

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Venue bill clears legislature

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 ...

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Senate revises venue bill in shadow of court ruling

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.

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Mass torts face big shift in law

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.”

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Venue bill named No. 1 tort priority for Senate GOP

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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