Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The Southeast Missourian has a summary of all the reforms pushed in Missouri this year. Here is the bullet-point list:
Republicans this session have proposed dozens of bills under the tort-reform umbrella. Some of the proposals would:
* Add legal steps for people suing over asbestos exposure.
* Make it harder for employees to sue for discrimination in the workplace.
* Restrict injured or defrauded people from joining together in lawsuits against companies and clamp down on class-action lawsuits.
* Change the requirements used to determine whether a witness is an "expert" for non-jury civil cases.
* Allow juries to see only the out-of-pocket amount paid, not the price before insurance, for medical expenses in personal-injury cases.
Missouri already has passed laws supported by American Tort Reform Association in nine of 10 legal areas the group wants reformed, although the Supreme Court struck down some. Only Ohio, Texas and Colorado have done more, according to the association.