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December 6th, 2019

City of St. Louis, Missouri

Courts allow “junk science” Windfalls to plaintiffs’ lawyers Liability-expanding decisions by high court Legislature enacts modest reforms, more to be done

A perennial Judicial Hellhole, City of St. Louis once again appears on the list due to lack of reforms and a continuation of the status quo. St. Louis City judges continue to . . . → Read More: City of St. Louis, Missouri

May 20th, 2019

Missouri Legislature Passes Some Improvements, Disappoints on Missouri Merchandising Practices Act Reform

The Missouri legislature adjourned on Friday, May 17, 2019, ending a session filled with mixed results. The legislature should be commended for passing important reforms such as seatbelt admissibility, venue reform, and e-Discovery legislation. ATRA applauds Governor Michael Parson, Senators Ed Emery, Caleb Rowden, Tony Luetkemeyer, and Dan Hegeman, as well as Representatives David Gregory, . . . → Read More: Missouri Legislature Passes Some Improvements, Disappoints on Missouri Merchandising Practices Act Reform

December 3rd, 2018

The City of St. Louis, Missouri

Talc litigation infused with forum shopping and junk science “No-injury” consumer class actions Liability-expanding state high court overlooks juror misconduct Excessive lawsuit advertising poisons jury pool Legislature is unable or unwilling to pass needed legal reforms

The optimism for restoring balance in the City of St. Louis’s legal environment described in last year’s report . . . → Read More: The City of St. Louis, Missouri

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 . . . → Read More: Disappointing Legislative Session Comes to a Close in Missouri

January 10th, 2018

ATRA Backs Bill Reforming Missouri Law on Venue & Joinder

A representative of the American Tort Reform Association today testified before Missouri’s Senate Government Reform Committee in support of newlyMissouri Show Me Your Lawsuits State proposed legislation aiming to make the Show Me Your Lawsuits State less welcoming to out-of-state plaintiffs looking to sue out-of-state defendants over alleged out-of-state injuries in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis, one of the nation’s worst Judicial Hellholes . . . → Read More: ATRA Backs Bill Reforming Missouri Law on Venue & Joinder

December 4th, 2017

St. Louis, Missouri

As Bloomberg has reported, City of St. Louis courts are known for “fast trials, favorable rulings, and big awards.” But by virtue of a change in gubernatorial leadership, a good start by state lawmakers on an agenda of much needed statutory reforms and a powerful U.S. Supreme Court decision curbing forum shopping in 2017, the . . . → Read More: St. Louis, Missouri

October 18th, 2017

First of Missouri’s Monster Talc Verdicts Falls on Appeal, Others Likely to Follow

A Missouri appellate court yesterday reversed and vacated a $72 million verdict that was the first of four such controversial, multimillion-dollar verdicts rendered in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court in a series of scientifically groundless lawsuits claiming that the use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer . . . → Read More: First of Missouri’s Monster Talc Verdicts Falls on Appeal, Others Likely to Follow

March 24th, 2017

Ad Campaign in Missouri Advocates Tort Reform, Notes Influence of ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report

Missouri Rising, a pro-business advocacy group helping to push needed civil justice reforms through the Show Me Your Lawsuits State’s legislature, began airing television ads this month which note the fact that ATRA’s latest Judicial Hellholes report named St. Louis as the nation’s #1 hellhole . . . → Read More: Ad Campaign in Missouri Advocates Tort Reform, Notes Influence of ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report

March 9th, 2017

Missouri, Oregon High Courts Clarify ‘Personal Jurisdiction,’ SCOTUS Poised to Hear Similar Cases

As both state and federal courts in recent years have created confusion by ruling differently on questions of personal jurisdiction (whether a state’s courts should have jurisdiction over cases involving various out-of-state elements), high courts in Missouri and Oregon last week hewed closer to longstanding tradition and appropriately ruled that claims alleging out-of-state injuries against out-of-state defendants doing little business there should be brought elsewhere . . . → Read More: Missouri, Oregon High Courts Clarify ‘Personal Jurisdiction,’ SCOTUS Poised to Hear Similar Cases

January 30th, 2017

Refusing to Stay Groundless Talc Cases, Missouri High Court Doubles Down on Open Invitation to Out-of-State Plaintiffs

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court doubled down on a horrible, anything-goes venue decision it made last fall by refusing to stay some 1,350 cases brought predominantly on behalf of out-of-state plaintiffs in St. Louis, the nation’s #1 Judicial Hellhole, which allege that talcum powder products cause ovarian cancer . . . → Read More: Refusing to Stay Groundless Talc Cases, Missouri High Court Doubles Down on Open Invitation to Out-of-State Plaintiffs

January 18th, 2017

Missouri’s New Governor Cites ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report in His First ‘State of the State’ Address

Missouri’s newly minted, reform-minded Governor Eric Greitens delivered his first State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Jefferson City yesterday, declaring his commitment to enacting critical tort reforms as a means to improving both the state’s civil justice system and its economic prospects . . . → Read More: Missouri’s New Governor Cites ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report in His First ‘State of the State’ Address

December 14th, 2016

City of St. Louis, Missouri

As regular readers of this report know, it hasn’t been easy in recent years to knock incorrigibly litigious and civil liability-expanding California off the top of the Judicial Hellholes list. But with plenty of help from the Show Me Your Lawsuits State’s highest court, the City of St. Louis has managed the feat this year.

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October 28th, 2016

Missouri Invites Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Claims against Out-of-State Defendants for Alleged Out-of-State Injuries

A decision last week by the Supreme Court of Missouri effectively rolls out a “Show Me Your Lawsuits State” welcome mat for lawsuits by out-of-state plaintiffs against out-of-state defendants over alleged out-of-state injuries The state’s notoriously weak venue law has long allowed plaintiffs’ lawyers to shop their cases to the friendliest courts. Now there is virtually nothing stopping plaintiff’s lawyers from picking their preferred judge and jury. . . . → Read More: Missouri Invites Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Claims against Out-of-State Defendants for Alleged Out-of-State Injuries

June 29th, 2016

Thanks to Governor Nixon’s Vetoes, Missouri Remains the ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

Owned and operated by personal injury lawyers, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon yesterday vetoed two bipartisan tort reform bills that could have helped make civil litigation a little more fair in his notorious Judicial Hellhole . . . → Read More: Thanks to Governor Nixon’s Vetoes, Missouri Remains the ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

February 23rd, 2016

Out-of-State Plaintiff Scores $72 Million Talcum Powder Verdict in Missouri

Another outlier verdict in the “Show Me Your Lawsuits State” this week serves to further Missouri’s growing reputation among the nation’s worst Judicial Hellholes . . . → Read More: Out-of-State Plaintiff Scores $72 Million Talcum Powder Verdict in Missouri

January 15th, 2016

Sen. Schmitt again Expected to Sully Missouri’s Reputation as the ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

The American Tort Reform Association today criticized Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt’s continuing opposition to reform legislation aimed at reasonably limiting civil liability and thereby reducing the volume of meritless litigation that is costly to consumers and taxpayers and otherwise contributes to the state’s growing reputation as a “judicial hellhole” . . . → Read More: Sen. Schmitt again Expected to Sully Missouri’s Reputation as the ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

December 16th, 2015

Missouri

Problems with the civil justice system in the “Show Me Your Lawsuits State,” mostly at the state supreme court level, were documented in last year’s Judicial Hellholes report and have seemingly trickled down to lower courts now hurrying to get in on the act.

EXPERT TESTIMONY

Missouri is one of the holdout states that have . . . → Read More: Missouri

May 19th, 2015

‘Insane’ $82 Million Verdict Suggests Missouri Trial Courts Take Cues from ‘Hellhole’ of a High Court

Apparently taking cues from the Supreme Court of Missouri, currently the sixth-ranked Judicial Hellhole, a Jackson County court this month rendered what is perhaps the most absurd plaintiff’s verdict thus far in 2015 . . . → Read More: ‘Insane’ $82 Million Verdict Suggests Missouri Trial Courts Take Cues from ‘Hellhole’ of a High Court

January 29th, 2015

Missouri Supreme Court

The “Show-Me-Your-Lawsuits” state has quickly ascended the list of most troublesome jurisdictions in the country thanks to disappointing decisions by the high court on both punitive damages limits and workers’ compensation laws. These are just the latest rulings that have resulted in increased liability exposure for businesses across the state and across the . . . → Read More: Missouri Supreme Court

September 10th, 2014

Latest ‘Show Me the Lawsuits’ Decision by Missouri High Court Ignores SCOTUS on Punitive Damages

In the latest of several troubling decisions by the Missouri Supreme Court in recent years, it yesterday ignored both the will of “Show Me State” voters, as expressed through their elected representatives, and U.S. Supreme Court precedent on punitive damages . . . → Read More: Latest ‘Show Me the Lawsuits’ Decision by Missouri High Court Ignores SCOTUS on Punitive Damages