Venue Reform of Paramount Importance

Friends,

Today, because of support from conservatives like you, the Adam Smith Foundation was able to launch a series of online ads encouraging support for commonsense lawsuit reforms like those contained in Senate Bill 546 and House Bill 1578.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, Missouri is currently ranked last in the nation for enforcing venue requirements, and that means our state is attracting lawsuits from out of state targeted solely to take advantage of plaintiff-friendly courts in St. Louis County.  And, other Missouri-based cases are moving to St. Louis solely for the hope of bigger awards.

The focus in a courtroom should be on achieving a just result, but trial lawyers are taking advantage of our judicial system and playing courtrooms like slot machines.  This has to stop, and commonsense venue reforms like those in SB546 and HB1578 will help put an end to the madness.

If you have not yet done so, we hope that you will call your local lawmakers to encourage them to support venue reform.