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.
In a St. Louis Post-Dispatch letter to the editor, ILR's Executive Vice President Harold Kim calls out Missouri for its "weak rules on what cases are eligible to stay in its courts, and terrible standards of evidence that can be presented to juries," which has effectively laid out the welcome mat to the nation's trial lawyers. Read More »
The Missouri Senate Government Reform Committee heard testimony on Senator Ed Emery's collateral source rule change bill (SB 31), which would have parties in injury cases present the actual cost of medical care, instead of its value when calculating the damages owed by a defendant. The committee will vote on SB 31 in an executive session Wednesday. Read More »
A bill was pre-filed in the Missouri House of Representatives that would give judges more power to make an assessment of an expert's scientific testimony and decide whether a jury should hear from the witness - effectively introducing the Daubert standard into Missouri courts. Read More »
Speaker Todd Richardson (R) spoke to members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce about his legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which include two key legal reform measures.
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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 »