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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 […]

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Senate committee approves bill to stop asbestos claim “double-dipping”

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A Senate committee has approved a bill to stop trial lawyers from “double-dipping” in asbestos lawsuits. There is growing concern that trial attorneys are depleting asbestos trust resources while also suing companies that were peripheral to the asbestos exposure. Senate Bill 69 would address this problem. “We have attorneys that are naming, say, hardware stores, […]

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House committee considers bonding for bridge repairs

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With transportation funding remaining a critical need in Missouri, a House committee is exploring a proposal to use bonding as a way to speed up repairs to 250 bridges. Gov. Mike Parson proposed the bonding idea during his State of the State address in January. It would provide $351 million to repair bridges across the […]

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Enabling benefit corporations to form in Missouri

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Today, 34 states allow businesses to structure themselves as benefit corporations. This arrangement allows companies to be categorized somewhere between a strictly for-profit business and a non-profit, community-minded organization. House Bill 555, which would allow benefit corporations to be established in Missouri, was heard in House committee on Feb. 11. The Senate version of the […]

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Protecting Missouri’s constitution from out-of-state interests

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“The [initiative] petition process was originally conceived as a citizen-driven grassroots way for Missouri to change the law. It was envisioned as both difficult and rare. Currently, it is neither. Rather, it has become just another battlefield in the partisan wars driven by national politics and funded by national groups and interests,” said Sen. David […]

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House committee hears bill to end joinder abuse

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A flood of out-of-state cases in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas City courts has been clogging our judicial system, costing Missouri taxpayers and delaying justice for Missourians who properly filed their cases. Our state has been repeatedly listed as one of the worst Judicial Hellholes in the country due to the litigation hotspots caused by lax joinder […]

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Transportation Future Summit: Governor, stakeholders gather in Columbia

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Improving our state’s transportation infrastructure is critical to Missouri’s economic future. With this in mind, Gov. Mike Parson, statewide transportation advocates and national experts met in Columbia on Feb. 14 to continue the discussion about making needed enhancements and investments in our system. During the 2019 Transportation Future Summit, Gov. Parson laid out his vision […]

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Improving judicial selection in Missouri

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A Missouri Senate committee is considering a bill to improve the way the state fills judicial vacancies. Sen. Dan Hegeman has sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 3 to give the state’s judicial selection commission the authority to send more than three judicial candidates to the governor. The current process only allows the commission to send three […]

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Committee votes to create reasonable time limits for Missouri lawsuits

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A Missouri Senate committee is backing an effort to put reasonable time limits on product liability lawsuits. Under current Missouri law, a company can be held liable for a product it sold 50 years ago — even if it didn’t manufacture it. Senate Bill 100 would place a 15-year limit on product liability lawsuits. A […]

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Punitive damages reform gains committee approval

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A Senate committee has voted on an important reform intended to halt the overuse of punitive damages in Missouri lawsuits. Punitive damages were once rarely used. But today filing for punitive damages, “seems to often be a standard practice in certain types of lawsuits,” said bill sponsor Sen. Bill White, a Republican from Joplin. Sen. […]

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