The City of St. Louis Circuit Court is notorious for allowing blatant forum shopping and awarding excessive punitive damage awards. The court also fails to ensure that cases are guided by sound science.
In 2020, the Missouri Legislature took great strides toward addressing lawsuit abuse that has plagued the “Show-Me-Your-Lawsuit” state for years.A recent study released by The Perryman Group estimates that excessive tort costs to the Missouri economy result in $2.0 billion in annual direct costs and $3.1 billion in annual output (gross product). Ultimately, this costs the state an estimated 32,205 jobs.
While the enactment of several reforms is encouraging for Missouri’s future, the success is contingent on the St. Louis court’s proper application of the new statutes. Some St. Louis judges have a history of ignoring both state law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent regarding expert evidence standards, personal jurisdiction and venue, and damage awards.