Articles by Summer Ballentine

Missouri AG Sues Over Deadly Duck Boat Sinking

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Aug. 31 sued the owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, alleging that the companies violated the state’s consumer protection law and put profits above …

Missouri’s U.S. Sen. McCaskill Wants Tighter Rules on Duck Boats After Accident

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced that she wants to enshrine into law federal recommendations to improve duck boat safety such as getting rid of canopies that can trap passengers if the vehicles sink, a move that comes after a …

Missouri Bill Backing Workplace Arbitration Fails to Advance

A Missouri bill to strengthen employment contracts that require sexual harassment, discrimination and other work-related issues to be decided through arbitration has died an unusually early death that came as Congress considers moving in the opposite direction. At issue is …

Missouri House Passes Bill Aimed at Limiting Asbestos Lawsuit Awards

The Missouri House has passed legislation to change the rules for lawsuits over asbestos exposure, an effort praised by supporters as a way to stop plaintiffs from being overcompensated but criticized by others as limiting access to justice for those …

Labor, Lawsuits on Agenda in 2018 for Missouri GOP Lawmakers

The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature is looking to complete some unfinished business in the 2018 session that began on Wednesday, including efforts to further regulate unions and enact more restrictions on lawsuits. This is the Missouri GOP’s second year with historic …

Missouri Governor Backs Workers’ Comp Boost for Firefighters

Missouri lawmakers should make it easier for firefighters to get workers’ compensation, Gov. Eric Greitens said during a visit to the St. Louis Fire Academy. The bill by Republican Rep. Nick Schroer would make firefighters and other first responders eligible …

Missouri Auditor Alleges Rural Hospital Involved in Billing Scheme

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has released a report alleging a rural hospital under financial strain in northern Missouri billed insurance companies for lab tests that didn’t occur at the hospital and received a cut of payments funneled to another lab …

Missouri Bill Would Make it Harder for Employees to Sue for Discrimination

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the standard for workers to sue their employers for discrimination, a proposal that’s drawn support from pro-business groups and backlash from advocacy groups who say the change will allow intolerance to …

Missouri GOP Again Seeking to Limit Liability Lawsuits

With new Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ support, GOP lawmakers this year are pushing a collection of bills to limit liability lawsuits that supporters have praised as pro-business but critics have slammed as hindering access to the courts. The legislation …

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto, Loosen Gun Laws

Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature has used its supermajority to significantly loosen the state’s gun laws and potentially tighten its voting requirements as lawmakers overrode numerous vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry …