Monday, May 6, 2019
Last week tort reform bill advanced in both houses of the Missouri legislature. The state House passed a bill limiting punitive damages to cases in which a plaintiff proves "by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant intentionally harmed the plaintiff without just cause." The state Senate passed a bill limiting discovery. In the words of its sponsor: "My legislation places limits on the frequency and extent of discovery requests and requires those requests are proportional to the needs of the case." The House bill has been sent to the Senate. The Senate bill needs one more roll-call vote before it can be sent to the House. Though only 2 weeks remain in this session, leaders in both houses say it is not too late to pass the bills and send them to the governor. The Jefferson City News Tribune has the story.