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. 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

  2. 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

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

    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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. In the News Today - December 20, 2016

    December 20, 2016 | News and Blog

    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

  8. Missouri Speaker Todd Richardson "Focused on Passing the Daubert Standard"

    November 16, 2016 | News and Blog

    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. ... Read More

  9. New Missouri Chamber Website Tracks $8.2M in Plaintiffs' Bar Political Contributions Since 2012

    October 04, 2016 | News and Blog

    The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has launched an online tool called Money Trail to track trial lawyer and union contributions to Missouri elected officials, reports The Missouri Times.... Read More

  10. Science Rules! Missouri Legislature to Vote on Veto Override of Bill Establishing Scientific Standards for Expert Testimony

    September 13, 2016 | News and Blog

    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. ... Read More