Missouri Business Headlines

Bill could trigger flood of new lawsuits against businesses

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The Missouri House of Representatives has passed an egregious, anti-business bill that seeks to benefit trial attorneys at the expense of Missouri’s job creators. House Bill 1692 would create the grounds for a potential flood of lawsuits in Missouri, allowing trial attorneys to target businesses over employer vaccination policies. The bill is sponsored by Rep. […]

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Critical legal reform blocked in Senate

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Missouri’s outdated statute of limitations is creating costly delays in our state’s legal system. Currently, plaintiffs are allowed to delay filing personal injury lawsuits for up to five years — that’s double or more the amount of time provided by many other states. Allowing years to go by before filing means records can be lost or discarded, […]

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Addressing predatory litigation lending

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The litigation lending industry is a financial practice that fuels lawsuits by providing “up-front” cash (with sky-high interest rates of up to 200 percent plus additional fees) to individual plaintiffs to cover their legal expenses. This practice tends to extend the life of litigation, which drives up the cost of litigation and the number of […]

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Enhancing oversight of work comp judges

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Administrative law judges play a critical role in Missouri’s workers’ compensation system — including settling disputes over injury payments. However, under current state law, the judges themselves operate with very little oversight. A Missouri Senate committee has begun work on a bill that would help ensure the judges are competent and efficient in their work […]

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House committee approves critical legal reform bill

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A Missouri House committee has approved a critical litigation reform bill in an effort to improve the state’s legal climate. House Bill 2206 focuses on Missouri’s outdated, litigation-friendly statute of limitations. Current law allows plaintiffs in Missouri to wait up to five years before filing personal injury lawsuits. That’s double or more the amount of […]

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Bill proposes modifying statute of limitations for more timely justice

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Missouri plaintiffs currently have a five-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, one of the longest in the country — double or more the amount of time provided by many other states. But over time records are lost or discarded, witnesses pass away or cannot be located, and memories fade. This loss of evidence […]

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Two small legal reforms would make big improvement to court fairness

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This week, a House committee took a look at two legal reform proposals to bring more fairness to cases involving employers. COLLATERAL SOURCE When a plaintiff wins an injury lawsuit, they deserve to have their medical expenses reimbursed. But in Missouri, some plaintiffs are inflating the bill. Current state law incentivizes trial attorneys to claim […]

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New report places onus on St. Louis courts to implement legal climate reforms

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St. Louis has yet again been labeled a “Judicial Hellhole” in a new report from the American Tort Reform Foundation. While the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has successfully championed a number of critical legal climate reforms in recent years, American Tort Reform Foundation ranking places the onus on St. Louis courts to fall […]

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COVID litigation: Employers may consider posting a public notice

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An important law protecting employers from frivolous COVID-19 litigation was recently enacted in Missouri. The legislation, which was championed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, included a provision giving employers the option to post a notification in a visible location about the new law. The law does not require that businesses post the […]

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