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Punitive damages reform moves to House

MARCH 3, 2020 - The Missouri Senate gave its approval to a punitive damages reform and Missouri Merchandising Practices reform bill that was the subject of a long filibuster last week.


SS#2 SCS SB 591, sponsored by Sen. Bill White, is supported by Associated Industries of Missouri and many other businesses and business advocacy groups. Senator Tony Leutkemeyer, Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz and Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden were instrumental in passing the bill, along with extremely hard work and long hours by Senator Bill White. The bill would ensure punitive damages are not a regular discussion in cases and they would be reserved for cases in which the plaintiff supports the claim with evidence of extraordinarily bad behavior by the defendant.


"We look forward to swift passage through the Missouri House and would like to see the bill on the Governor's desk before the legislative spring break which begins March 21," said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri.


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