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May 29th, 2018

Disappointing Legislative Session Comes to a Close in Missouri

The Missouri Legislature adjourned on the evening of Friday, May 19, 2018, without passing significant legal reform legislation. Lawmakers gave many reasons for their failure that ranged from “we passed enough tort reform in 2017” to “we ran out of time.” These excuses ring hollow.

Among the much-needed reforms considered were venue reform, amendments to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA), and legislation to allow evidence of seat belt non-use.

Venue reform legislation was first introduced eight years ago and MMPA four years ago, yet lawmakers, continue to manufacture reasons for their inaction.   It is beyond dispute that cases are flocking from all over the country to St. Louis . . . → Read More: Disappointing Legislative Session Comes to a Close in Missouri