Missouri ranked #49 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling seven spots from 2015. A newly-elected governor and a legislature under unified control, however, passed a number of important tort reform bills that had not yet become law at the time the Harris Survey was completed. St. Louis continues to rank as a city or county with one of the least fair and reasonable litigation environments, and the state scored 50th in the key element category of enforcing meaningful venue requirements, and 49th in the categories of damages, trial judges' impartiality, and juries' fairness. 

Missouri at a Glance

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  1. Missouri House Shines a Spotlight on Asbestos Litigation Fraud

    March 12, 2018 | News

    Last Thursday, the Missouri House passed a bill that would finally cast sunlight upon the state's asbestos litigation machine.... Read More

  2. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  3. States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

    February 12, 2018 | Blogs

    In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform.... Read More

  4. "Keep Reforming Missouri Lawsuit Abuse in 2018"

    February 05, 2018 | News

    An op-ed from Manhattan Institute leaders called on Missouri legislators to "build on last year's successes" to rid the state of "its 'Sue Me State' reputation."... Read More

  5. Manhattan Institute Examines Missouri's Legal Climate

    February 02, 2018 | News

    In its most recent Trial Lawyers, Inc. report, the Manhattan Institute said Missouri's legislators must "build on this positive momentum" stemming from a successful legal reform year to keep improving the state's legal climate.... Read More

  6. "Greitens and unified legislature making sure Missouri isn't the 'Sue-Me State'"

    October 10, 2017 | News and Blog

    U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard and Missouri Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Mehan co-wrote an op-ed in the Kansas City Star on the state of Missouri's legal climate.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - July 18, 2017

    July 18, 2017 | News and Blog

    A federal judge in Missouri dismissed a large number of claims by out-of-state plaintiffs against Bayer for alleged issues with its birth control device, saying the plaintiffs lack personal jurisdiction in the state of Missouri. Of the 94 plaintiffs who brought a proposed class against the pharmaceutical company, only 7 are residents of the state.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - June 16, 2017

    June 16, 2017 | News and Blog

    Missouri 'Marches Toward Daubert': On August 28, a newly-enacted Missouri law will go into effect which will allow the state to "join the federal courts and 39 other states in applying the Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert testimony."... Read More

  9. In the News Today - May 15, 2017

    May 15, 2017 | News and Blog

    Governor Eric Greitens touted the passage of several tort reform measures last week, calling the legislative session "the most successful start to a conservative administration in a generation."... Read More

  10. U.S. Chamber Urges Gov. Greitens to Sign Legal Reform Bill to Continue Improving Missouri Lawsuit Climate

    May 12, 2017 | News and Blog

    Yesterday, the Missouri General Assembly passed a bill (S.B. 31) to ensure that courts and juries consider accurate damages calculations. The bill now heads to Governor Eric Greitens for his signature. ... Read More