(AP) – An association that lobbies for restricting
liability lawsuits to help business says St. Louis has the nation’s worst
An American Tort Reform Association report released Wednesday said St. Louis
is a magnet for product liability and consumer class-action lawsuits. California
is second on the list.
The group listed Missouri venue laws and expert testimony standards as
The report cited a St. Louis case over the potential role of baby powder in
causing ovarian cancer. In October, a jury awarded a California woman $70.1
million in the case.
The report likely will be used as fodder next legislative session, when
Republican legislative leaders say they’ll make tort reform a top priority.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed tort-reform proposals, but Republican
Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has expressed support.
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