Gov. Mike Parson signed four key legal reform bills into law this week, the Daily Star Journal reports.
One new law reforms the state’s venue rules, which now make it more difficult for out of state plaintiffs to bring lawsuits in Missouri. Previous reporting found that only about eight percent of the plaintiffs in St. Louis mass tort lawsuits in recent years were residents of Missouri. The three other laws amend different court rules over motor vehicle issues and discovery.
“During this year’s session, we made major progress improving Missouri’s business climate,” Parson said. “Today, we took a great step in bringing fairness to our courts and giving Missouri businesses the opportunity for competitive economic growth." In Ranking The States: 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey, the Show Me State’s legal system ranked 49th in the country.