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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.

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2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Missouri

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Missouri Judicial Selection Process Comes Under Fire

April 13, 2017 | News and Blog

Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard wants to repeal the process for selecting justices to the state's Supreme Court, writes the St. Louis Record. Read More »

In the News Today - March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 | News and Blog

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed legislation to change the standard for vetting expert witnesses in jury trials, a move to boost the economy by improving the legal climate for businesses in the state. Lisa A. Rickard, ILR President, applauded Missouri for "turning the corner on legal reform" with this important legislation. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends Missouri Governor for Signing Legislation to Improve Expert Evidence Standards

March 28, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of H.B. 153 to address expert evidence standards and ensure junk science is kept out of courts in the state of Missouri. The bill was signed by Gov. Eric Greitens on March 28th. Read More »

Tort Reform Battle Heats Up In Missouri

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

As tort reform bills moves forward in the Missouri legislature, those supportive of the legislation, including ILR, "have not been shy" about highlighting the urgent need for legal reform in the state, according to the Missouri Times. Read More »

In the News Today - March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 | News and Blog

The Missouri Senate passed a bill this week by a 21-11 vote that would allow judges to decide whether experts' testimony would be reliable based on "sufficient facts" and "reliable principles and methods," as well as being "reliably applied" to the facts of the case. Read More »

In the News Today - March 6, 2017

March 06, 2017 | News and Blog

A Missouri jury last week returned a complete defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson (J&J) after the jury deliberated for less than a day. The jury found that there was not enough evidence to convince them that the plaintiff's ovarian cancer was caused by daily use of talcum powder. Read More »

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

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 »

In the News Today - February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 | News and Blog

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 »

ILR Letter to the Editor: Missouri Lays Out the Welcome Mat to Nation's Trial Lawyers

January 30, 2017 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017 | News and Blog

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 »

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