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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 4th, 2018

Supreme Court’s Adoption of Novel Theories of Liability, Abusive ‘No-Injury’ Litigation, Place California atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

Today, the American Tort Reform Foundation released its 2018-2019 Judicial Hellholes report. California tops the list, with Florida, New York City and St. Louis not far behind. “With both this annual report and year-round website, our Judicial Hellholes program since 2002 has documented troubling developments in jurisdictions where civil court judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally to the disadvantage of defendants,” American Tort Reform Association president Tiger Joyce said. This year’s Judicial Hellholes report names the following as the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation: California Florida New York City The City of St. Louis Louisiana Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas New Jersey Legislature Madison and St. Clair Counties, Ill. The Twin Cities, Minn. . . . → Read More: Supreme Court’s Adoption of Novel Theories of Liability, Abusive ‘No-Injury’ Litigation, Place California atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

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

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

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

May 23rd, 2016

‘Gateway to the West’ Becomes the ‘Gateway to the Courts’ for Dubious Science and High Damage Awards

St. Louis juries have twice levied hefty multi-million dollar damage awards against Johnson & Johnson since February on behalf of out of state ovarian cancer victims. Questions remain as to whether the scientific evidence supported such large verdicts. Johnson & Johnson is appealing both verdicts. . . . → Read More: ‘Gateway to the West’ Becomes the ‘Gateway to the Courts’ for Dubious Science and High Damage Awards

January 13th, 2015

A Rare ‘Point of Light’ in ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

Judicial Hellholes reporters have long kept an eye on St. Louis, Missouri, one of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the nation. So in the rare instance that a judge there is willing to take even a small stand against the reflexive expansion of civil liability, it’s worthy of kudos . . . → Read More: A Rare ‘Point of Light’ in ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

January 11th, 2011

‘Dishonorable’ St. Louis Coupon Settlement Challenged

The shameless class-action coupon settlement approved by a plaintiff-friendly St. Louis judge last year and cited among Dishonorable Mentions in the latest Judicial Hellholes report is being appealed. Crusading lawyer Ted Frank, of the Center for Class Action Fairness, has filed . . . → Read More: ‘Dishonorable’ St. Louis Coupon Settlement Challenged