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Missouri Bill Shielding Businesses from Fines in Lawsuits Advances

Missouri lawmakers have advanced a bill to make it harder for courts to fine defendants as punishment for hurting people. The pending measure would raise the standard for what are called punitive damages, which courts use in civil lawsuits to …

Louisiana House Passes Bill Targeting High Auto Insurance Rates

A bill aimed at lowering Louisiana’s sky-high auto insurance rates has passed the state House of Representatives. On April 23, House lawmakers passed HB 372, named the “Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2019, authored by Rep. Kirk Talbot. According to …

Nearly $2M Spent on Arkansas ‘Tort Reform’ Measure, But Court Blocks It

Arkansas’ high court has ordered election officials to not count votes for a proposal to limit damages awarded in civil lawsuits that, together, proponents and opponents have spent nearly $2 million on campaigns for and against the measure. The court …

Texas Tort Reform Group Says Post-Cat Lawsuits Have Dropped

In the year following the enactment of a Texas law aimed at reducing the volume of lawsuits filed by property owners against insurance companies following natural catastrophes, the number of those types of disputes has dropped, according to the lobbying …

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 …

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 …

Texas ‘Hailstorm’ Litigation Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

Legislation backed by the insurance industry and some Texas business groups that curtails the ability of policyholders to sue insurance companies over property claims following extreme weather events has passed the state Senate and is headed for the governor’s desk. …

Bill Limiting Medical Costs in Injury Lawsuits Sent to Missouri Governor

Missouri lawmakers sent Gov. Eric Greitens a measure that would limit how much money people could receive for medical costs in injury lawsuits, the latest in a series of proposals that Republican supporters hope will make the state more business-friendly. …

Missouri Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to raise the standard for employees to sue for discrimination over workers’ compensation claims. Senators voted 23-10 on May 8 to send the legislation to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who has said he wants …

Arkansas House Passes Tort-Reform Amendment Capping Punitive Damages, Fees

The Arkansas House has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorney’s fees and punitive damages in lawsuits. The House voted 65-29 for the joint resolution and sent it back to the state Senate …