Missouri House passes limits on joining lawsuits

4 months 4 days 10 hours ago Thursday, March 15 2018 Mar 15, 2018 Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:16:35 PM CDT March 15, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill that would restrict where and how plaintiffs can be joined in certain civil cases.

Approved Thursday by a 104-47 vote, the bill would affect how people band together for tort claims. Those cases deal with wrongdoings and injuries, such as the sale of shoddy products. The proposal targets out-of-state claims, although Missourians would also be affected.

The proposal's sponsor, Republican Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer of Odessa, said the change would reduce the number of out-of-state cases filed in St. Louis. Opponents said the change could make it difficult for injured people to successfully sue.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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