Missouri ranked #49 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling seven spots from 2015. A newly-elected governor and a legislature under unified control, however, passed a number of important tort reform bills that had not yet become law at the time the Harris Survey was completed. St. Louis continues to rank as a city or county with one of the least fair and reasonable litigation environments, and the state scored 50th in the key element category of enforcing meaningful venue requirements, and 49th in the categories of damages, trial judges' impartiality, and juries' fairness. 

Missouri at a Glance

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  1. Campaigns of Anti-Venue Reform Missouri State Senator Fueled By Lawyers

    March 18, 2019 | News

    Lawyers have contributed over $373,000 to the campaigns of Missouri State Sen. Scott Sifton, who has tried to water down efforts to rein in forum shopping in the state, the St. Louis Record reports.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 14, 2019

    February 14, 2019 | News

    Missouri Lawmakers Aim to Limit Out-Of-State Plaintiffs in Their Courts... Read More

  3. Attorney: Lawyer Influence Over Missouri Judicial Selection Leads to More Lawsuits

    August 23, 2018 | News

    An attorney with the Competitive Enterprise Institute said the influence of lawyers over judicial selection for Missouri courts has led to an increase in the amount of litigation in the state, the St. Louis Record reports.... Read More

  4. Missouri Furthers Legal Reform Progress with Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting

    June 07, 2018 | Blogs

    In an important victory for the integrity of Missouri's civil justice system, embattled former Gov. Eric Greitens signed one of the strongest Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting (TIPAC) bills in the nation on his last day in office.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - April 24, 2018

    April 24, 2018 | News

    Lawyers to Take 75 Percent of Whistleblower Lawsuit... Read More

  6. In the News Today - March 29, 2018

    March 29, 2018 | News

    Cities Vs. States: A Looming Battle For Control Of High-Stakes Opioid Litigation; Missouri Chamber Looks Towards Legislature's Second Half... Read More

  7. Missouri House Shines a Spotlight on Asbestos Litigation Fraud

    March 12, 2018 | News

    Last Thursday, the Missouri House passed a bill that would finally cast sunlight upon the state's asbestos litigation machine.... Read More

  8. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  9. States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

    February 12, 2018 | Blogs

    In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform.... Read More

  10. "Keep Reforming Missouri Lawsuit Abuse in 2018"

    February 05, 2018 | News

    An op-ed from Manhattan Institute leaders called on Missouri legislators to "build on last year's successes" to rid the state of "its 'Sue Me State' reputation."... Read More