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Legal reform bill passes House committee

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Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer’s House Bill 231 has been voted through House committee. The bill fixes a loophole in the joinder process, which trial lawyers are currently exploiting to bring a flood of out-of-state cases into Missouri’s most plaintiff-friendly courts.

The Missouri Chamber has held a longstanding position in support of this reform. Our state has been repeatedly listed as one of the worst Judicial Hellholes in the country because of the litigation hotspots caused by the lax joinder rules that this bill seeks to address.

“This bill will free up judicial resources for all Missourians and give businesses across the state clarity in their responsibilities when faced with a lawsuit,” said Kara Corches, Missouri Chamber director of legislative affairs. “When out-of-state plaintiffs sue Missouri businesses in Missouri for alleged torts that occurred outside of the state, venue should properly lie in the county where the company’s registered agents are located. This standard is used in many other circumstances. House Bill 231 protects our state’s courts from being used as the nation’s courtroom.”

House Bill 231 now goes to the Rules – Administrative Oversight Committee.


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