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. 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

  2. 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

  3. In the News Today - April 24, 2018

    April 24, 2018 | News

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. "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

  9. Manhattan Institute Examines Missouri's Legal Climate

    February 02, 2018 | News

    In its most recent Trial Lawyers, Inc. report, the Manhattan Institute said Missouri's legislators must "build on this positive momentum" stemming from a successful legal reform year to keep improving the state's legal climate.... Read More

  10. "Greitens and unified legislature making sure Missouri isn't the 'Sue-Me State'"

    October 10, 2017 | News and Blog

    U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard and Missouri Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Mehan co-wrote an op-ed in the Kansas City Star on the state of Missouri's legal climate.... Read More