Missouri is #42 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. St. Louis, Missouri, is #10 on the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment, and it makes the list of the five worst states in terms of its treatment of class actions and mass consolidation suits.
This Wednesday, the Missouri Legislature will vote on overriding Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that would make sure scientific evidence and testimony presented in the courtroom is truly expert.
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American Pharmacy News cites ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed in an article regarding how the health products and pharma industries are closely watching the debate over Missouri's expert witness standard legislation. Read More »
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has voiced concern with Governor Jay Nixon's decision to veto legislation that would have adopted the Daubert Standard for expert evidence in Missouri courts. Read More »
ILR pushed back on the lawsuit lending industry's claims that it is promoting "self-regulation" legislation in states around the country. "They are running around the country 'lobbying' to put a frame of legitimacy on their business," said Bryan Quigley, ILR senior vice president of communications. Read More »
Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes of bills to keep "junk science" out of state courts by adopting the federal standard governing expert witness testimony (SB 591) and to ensure that courts and juries properly consider accurate damage calculations (SB 847). Read More »
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce ripped Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes of two legal reform measures - a bill to adopt the Daubert Standard for expert evidence and a bill to ensure plaintiffs in injury lawsuits "can only recover the costs of the actual medical expenses they incurred." Read More »
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch features ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's op-ed urging the need to pass SB 591, a measure requiring Missouri courts to adopt the Daubert expert evidence standard. Read More »
Missouri's "low standard" for expert evidence in civil justice cases allowed a "star witness" to offer a hypothesis on the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer - despite there having "never been a scientifically proven link between talc and cancer," writes ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in the Springfield (MO) News-Leader. Read More »
Federal Agency Doubles False Claims Act Penalty Amount: The Railroad Retirement Board last week was the first federal agency to publish its interim final rule adjusting False Claims Act penalties for inflation. Read More »