Missouri is #44 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, up five spots since 2017. It improved in every key element category, rising the most in Having and Enforcing Meaningful Venue Requirements and Damages. St. Louis made the list of the Cities or Counties with the Least Fair and Reasonable Litigation Environment.


Missouri at a Glance

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  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – Missouri 

All Results for Missouri

  1. Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

    September 10, 2015 | Press Release

    New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot... Read More

  2. In the News Today - August 25, 2015

    August 25, 2015 | News and Blog

    Luke Barrett, head of legal and risk at UniSuper, one of Australia's largest institutional investors, criticized the country's litigation funding industry, asking why they "are able to charge 30 percent to 40 percent of the recovery amount." Those amounts, Barrett said, "can often be a multiple of what the legal fees were." (Sydney Morning Herald)... Read More

  3. In The News Today - January 9, 2015

    January 09, 2015 | News and Blog

    In what will reportedly be the "largest civil penalty an automaker will have to pay," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will fine Honda $70 million.... Read More

  4. In The News Today - December 16, 2014

    December 16, 2014 | News and Blog

    The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. ... Read More

  5. In The News Today - October 9, 2014

    October 09, 2014 | News and Blog

    In response to recently filed motions to seal documents that incriminate plaintiffs' lawyers in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceedings, several oppositions were filed on October 2, arguing that the motions to seal were "too vague" in that they failed to request the sealing of specific documents.... Read More

  6. In The News Today - September 16, 2014

    September 16, 2014 | News and Blog

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), recently commented that a Missouri Supreme Court's ruling last week on punitive damages "signals that the state's lawsuit environment is headed down the wrong path."... Read More

  7. U.S. Chamber: Missouri Supreme Court Punitive Damages Ruling "Outside the Mainstream"

    September 15, 2014 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following comment about last week's Missouri Supreme Court ruling striking down the state's cap on punitive damages... Read More

  8. In The News Today - September 12, 2014

    September 12, 2014 | News and Blog

    Mark Behrens, partner, Shook, Hardy and Bacon, writes in the Washington Legal Pulse, that, "On September 9, the Supreme Court of Missouri struck down the state's legislative limit on the amount of punitive damages that can be imposed on defendants."... Read More

  9. The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

    September 10, 2012 | Research

    The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems.... Read More

  10. U.S. Chamber ILR Honors State Chamber of Oklahoma for Role in Passing Comprehensive Legal Reforms

    October 27, 2009 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today presented the 2009 State Leadership Award to the State Chamber of Oklahoma for its years of legal reform advocacy, which was essential for the passage of the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009 by the state legislature. ... Read More