Too often the threat of large, unpredictable punitive damage awards has been used as a litigation club to force settlements unrelated to the merits of a case. Senate Bill 591, signed into law this year, promotes greater predictability and fairness with respect to punitive awards. But it will only help put a stop to outlandish punitive damages if properly implemented.
Defense attorneys must respond to any proposed attempts by plaintiff lawyers to circumvent or dilute the intended impact of the reform. In this webinar, experts from Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. will delve in-depth into this critical new law and how it can best be applied to advance justice.
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General Liability Litigation Group
Jennifer Artman is a partner in the General Liability Litigation Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. and is located in the Kansas City, Missouri office. Prior to joining Shook, Jennifer clerked for Judge William Ray Price, Jr., of the Missouri Supreme Court. In her practice she defends automotive, technology and industrial clients against product liability claims in both federal and state trial and appellate courts. Jennifer testified in support of reform to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, which was recently signed into law by the governor and goes into effect on August 28, 2020.
Public Policy Group
Mark Behrens co-chairs the Washington, DC-based Public Policy Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. , an international law firm that primarily represents corporate defendants in complex civil litigation. A substantial part of Mark’s practice is working to improve the civil litigation environment through legislation; in the courts through amicus curiae briefs on behalf of business, civil justice and defense lawyer organizations; through legal scholarship and judicial education; and in the court of public opinion. He has testified in support of numerous tort reform proposals in Missouri, including the recently enacted punitive damages reform law.