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 - September 12, 2014

    September 12, 2014 | News and Blog

    Mark Behrens, partner, Shook, Hardy and Bacon, writes in the Washington Legal Pulse, that, "On September 9, the Supreme Court of Missouri struck down the state's legislative limit on the amount of punitive damages that can be imposed on defendants."... Read More

  2. The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

    September 10, 2012 | Research

    The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems.... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber ILR Honors State Chamber of Oklahoma for Role in Passing Comprehensive Legal Reforms

    October 27, 2009 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today presented the 2009 State Leadership Award to the State Chamber of Oklahoma for its years of legal reform advocacy, which was essential for the passage of the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009 by the state legislature. ... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber: 2005 Legal Reforms Paying Off for Missouri

    March 26, 2006 | Press Release

    ST. LOUIS, MO - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced that Missouri's legal climate has shown significant progress, moving up five spots to number 35 in the 2006 Harris State Liability Systems Ranking Study.... Read More