Missouri is #42 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. St. Louis, Missouri, is #10 on the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment, and it makes the list of the five worst states in terms of its treatment of class actions and mass consolidation suits.
Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research
This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »
The Florida Supreme Court's penchant for overturning the legislature's legal reforms was cited as a big reason for Florida's paltry 44th lawsuit climate in 2015. Well, the court has done it again - opting (in a 4-2 ruling) to overturn the Florida legislature's 2013 law that adopted the strict "Daubert" expert evidence standards in the state's courts. Read More »
In a St. Louis Post-Dispatch letter to the editor, ILR's Executive Vice President Harold Kim calls out Missouri for its "weak rules on what cases are eligible to stay in its courts, and terrible standards of evidence that can be presented to juries," which has effectively laid out the welcome mat to the nation's trial lawyers. Read More »
The Missouri Senate Government Reform Committee heard testimony on Senator Ed Emery's collateral source rule change bill (SB 31), which would have parties in injury cases present the actual cost of medical care, instead of its value when calculating the damages owed by a defendant. The committee will vote on SB 31 in an executive session Wednesday. Read More »
A bill was pre-filed in the Missouri House of Representatives that would give judges more power to make an assessment of an expert's scientific testimony and decide whether a jury should hear from the witness - effectively introducing the Daubert standard into Missouri courts. Read More »
Speaker Todd Richardson (R) spoke to members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce about his legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which include two key legal reform measures.
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This Wednesday, the Missouri Legislature will vote on overriding Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that would make sure scientific evidence and testimony presented in the courtroom is truly expert.
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American Pharmacy News cites ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed in an article regarding how the health products and pharma industries are closely watching the debate over Missouri's expert witness standard legislation. Read More »
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has voiced concern with Governor Jay Nixon's decision to veto legislation that would have adopted the Daubert Standard for expert evidence in Missouri courts. Read More »