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Bill would limit silica lawsuits

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A Missouri Senate committee is considering a bill that would help stave off expected class action lawsuits over rock dust exposure. For some workers, a career spent working in an enclosed rock cutting environment can lead to a lung disease called silicosis. However, Sen. Eric Burlison, a Republican from Republic, is concerned that trial attorneys […]

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MMPA reform bills pass Senate committee

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A Missouri Senate committee has passed three bills aimed at stopping abuse of the state’s consumer protection act. Today, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act is being used to file huge lawsuits against companies over superficial problems — such as having too much air in a candy package. The MMPA was originally enacted to prohibit deceptive […]

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Senate backs effort to end Missouri/Kansas economic border war

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The Missouri Senate has passed a measure to end the practice of poaching jobs back and forth across State Line Road in Kansas City. Both Missouri and Kansas have been expending public funds to incentivize businesses to make a short move across the border — with little actual job growth for either state. That’s led […]

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Senate supports critical venue reform bill

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Following a lengthy debate, the Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a bill that’s considered a cornerstone of the legislature’s work this session to reform the state’s legal climate. Senate Bill 7 addresses a longstanding issue which allows lawsuits with little-or-no connection to Missouri to be filed in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas […]

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure

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On Feb. 27, a Senate committee heard a bill to strengthen penalties for tampering with critical infrastructure facilities. “This bill would protect both under-construction and operational facilities in the state of Missouri…electrical power generators, various natural gas stations and fiber optic lines, pipelines, storage related to water facilities, things like that,” said Sen. Lincoln Hough, […]

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Senate committee considers Expanded Workforce Access Act

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Who would you prefer to provide you with a service — a worker who has been to school in their area of study for a certain number of years, or a worker who is apprenticed and has been working hands-on in that field for the same amount of time? According to one poll, says Sen. […]

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Senate supports critical venue reform bill

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Following a lengthy debate, the Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a bill that’s considered a cornerstone of the legislature’s work this session to reform the state’s legal climate. Senate Bill 7 addresses a longstanding issue which allows lawsuits with little-or-no connection to Missouri to be filed in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas […]

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Senators share MMPA reform ideas

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A Missouri Senate committee has heard a trio of bills aimed at stopping abuse of the state’s consumer protection act. Today, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act is being used to file huge lawsuits against companies over superficial problems — such as having too much air in a candy package. The MMPA was originally enacted to […]

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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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