Missouri Business Headlines

Trial attorneys willing to invest thousands in upcoming elections to keep St. Louis City as a litigation destination

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Following the recent $4.7 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson, Missouri made national news as legal experts from around the country highlighted Missouri’s weak venue statutes, low standards for admitting expert witness testimony and St. Louis City’s historically plaintiff-friendly juries. “Missouri courts are an increasingly dangerous place for businesses,” said Missouri Chamber General Counsel Justin […]

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Signed into law — A look at Missouri’s newest statutes

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Since the end of the 2018 Legislative Session, dozens of bills have been signed into law. Here is a look at some Missouri Chamber legislative priorities that are being added to the state statutes. Modernizing our energy infrastructure This new law will bring Missouri energy consumers more stable and predictable rates as well as improved […]

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$4.7 billion St. Louis talcum powder verdict illustrates need for venue reform

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A St. Louis court has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $4.7 billion in damages and punitive damages to plaintiffs claiming the company’s talcum powder caused cancer. Johnson & Johnson denied the allegations and asserts its products are harmless. In this case, 17 of the 22 plaintiffs were from out of state. This exemplifies why […]

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Here are the top 10 reasons to vote ‘Yes’ on Prop A

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Everyone knows that Freedom to Work is an important issue this year, especially as the August 7 election gets closer. What you may not know is some of the state and national data that reveals exactly why Freedom to Work is right for Missouri. Prop A will ask voters if the worker freedom protections that […]

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Bill signed to expand business-education partnerships

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Gov. Mike Parson has signed House Bill 1415, a measure that allows educators’ professional development hours to include externships with local businesses. The bill also facilitates ACT WorkKeys assessments for students and extends two of Missouri’s top job creation incentives. Similar to internships for students, externships are opportunities for educators to experience workplaces in the […]

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SB 564 brings rate cuts to electric consumers

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Thanks to Senate Bill 564, Ameren Missouri customers will see their electric bills reduced by 6.1 percent starting on Aug. 1. The bill by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), which was signed into law on June 1, allows Missouri utility companies to quickly pass their recent federal corporate tax cut savings on to consumers. Until now, […]

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Business Premises Safety Act signed into law

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Governor Parson has signed Senate Bill 608, which guards businesses against liability for unpreventable third-party crimes occurring on business premises. Under this law, a business will only be responsible for criminal or harmful acts on its property when it knows or has reason to know such acts are or are likely to be committed in […]

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Tim Spohr named St. Louis Membership Director

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hired Tim Spohr to serve as St. Louis Membership Director. As a former small business owner, Spohr understands the importance of the Missouri Chamber’s pro-business advocacy work. In his new role, Spohr will use his business experience to help connect with leaders in eastern Missouri and increase […]

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Statement regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision

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Statement from Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry: “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a positive step toward ensuring workers have a choice when it comes to supporting a labor union. We agree with the court that employees should not be forced to subsidize an organization […]

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Missouri Chamber participates in White House STEM Summit

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Ryan Stauffer, Missouri Chamber Director of Legislative Affairs, recently attended the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Summit hosted by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. The Missouri Chamber has long been the lead proponent of improving STEM education in Missouri. The Missouri Chamber facilitates the Missouri […]

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