CATEGORY Legal Climate

Addressing predatory litigation lending

May 26, 2022

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 […]

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Bill could trigger flood of new lawsuits against businesses

April 21, 2022

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 […]

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Critical legal reform blocked in Senate

April 07, 2022

Missouri’s outdated statute of limitations is creating costly delays in our state’s legal system.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 […]

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Enhancing oversight of work comp judges

March 25, 2022

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 […]

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House committee approves critical legal reform bill

March 10, 2022

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 House Bill 2206 focuses on Missouri’s outdated, litigation-friendly statute of […]

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Bill proposes modifying statute of limitations for more timely justice

March 02, 2022

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 […]

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Two small legal reforms would make big improvement to court fairness

February 17, 2022

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, […]

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Missouri is one of only four states that let claimants stall for five years before filing a lawsuit

January 11, 2022

Legal climate ranking is frequently a large factor weighed by site selectors and employers seeking to expand or relocate. Though the Missouri Chamber has successfully advocated for several notable legal […]

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

December 07, 2021

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 […]

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Gov. Parson signs Senate Bill 51 to stop frivolous COVID-19 litigation

July 09, 2021

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Mike Parson has ensured that Missouri’s businesses will not fall victim to frivolous, job-crushing COVID-19 lawsuits. The Missouri Chamber’s call for action on […]

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Getting ahead of the wave: With lawsuits on the rise, Missouri Chamber fights to curb frivolous COVID-19 litigation

January 08, 2021

It’s not hard to see it coming. While Missouri continues to confront the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, another concern is rising on the horizon: an incoming wave of […]

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Dan Mehan: Stopping the wave

January 08, 2021

There are many challenges ahead as lawmakers begin the 2021 Legislative Session. But one issue should be clear cut: The legislature must immediately act to stop opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits. Unlike […]

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Missouri is in session: Governor, House Speaker call for COVID-19 liability protections

January 07, 2021

The 2021 Missouri Legislative Session is off to a strong start as Gov. Mike Parson and new House Speaker Rob Vescovo both took time on the opening day to call […]

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A plan for economic recovery: Missouri Chamber releases 2021 Legislative Agenda

December 30, 2020

As lawmakers prepare to return to Jefferson City for the 2021 Legislative Session, the Missouri Chamber is releasing its Legislative Agenda to help guide our state’s economic recovery amid the […]

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Stop job-crushing lawsuits: Gov. Parson signs legal climate reforms into law

July 01, 2020

Gov. Mike Parson has signed a critical piece of legislation to reform Missouri’s job-crushing legal climate. The governor signed Senate Bill 591 into law on July 1 during stops in […]

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Missouri Business and the Promise of Punitive Damages Reform

June 09, 2020

By Victor E. Schwartz, co-chair, Public Policy Group, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Governor Mike Parson has significant legislation on his desk to improve justice with respect to punitive damage […]

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More than 500 co-signers join call for special session to stop COVID-19 lawsuits

June 03, 2020

Underscoring the need for urgent action, more than 500 Missouri businesses, organizations and individuals have signed a letter asking Gov. Mike Parson to call a special session and address the […]

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Bringing transparency & fairness to asbestos litigation

February 06, 2020

A House committee heard a bill on Feb. 4 that would stop trial lawyers from “double-dipping” in asbestos lawsuits. There is concern that trial lawyers are depleting asbestos trust resources […]

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Fixing the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act

February 06, 2020

Intended to protect consumers from unfair practices, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) is being twisted by plaintiffs’ attorneys to file huge lawsuits over superficial issues — such as having […]

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It’s time to reform Missouri’s job-crushing legal climate

December 10, 2019

For most businesses, their state’s legal climate is rarely an acute concern — until they are sued. Getting sued is an especially big problem for businesses in Missouri, which happens […]

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As Missouri struggles with poor legal climate, Missouri Chamber provides tool to track trial attorney political contributions

November 21, 2019

Which candidates are benefitting from the millions of dollars trial lawyers are pouring into Missouri elections each cycle? Which trial attorneys are spending the most? The Missouri Chamber of Commerce […]

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44th in the nation — Missouri Chamber demands action on lawsuit climate

September 18, 2019

A new report released today reveals that Missouri ranks very near the bottom nationally for lawsuit climate. According to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Missouri’s legal climate ranks […]

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No longer the nation’s courtroom — Gov. Parson signs Senate Bill 7

July 10, 2019

In an effort to improve Missouri’s legal climate and compete for jobs, Gov. Mike Parson has signed Senate Bill 7, stopping greedy trial attorneys from flooding Missouri courtrooms with out-of-state […]

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