Missouri Legislators Try to Limit Out-of-State Liability Cases
Several expensive verdicts have been won in St. Louis, but that might be changing soon. A bill has been introduced into the Missouri legislature that could make it harder for residents of other states to file claims. This bill puts restrictions on the joinder process, which is a term that most people aren't too familiar with. Let's take a moment and talk about what this could mean for the future of personal injury lawsuits in St. Louis.
What Does Joinder Mean?
The term joinder refers to a situation where two or more people with similar claims combine those claims. Those who are for the bill are concerned about plaintiff attorneys using joinder to circumvent venue requirements in the state.
An excellent example of joinder was seen in the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case. The case included 22 plaintiffs, and only five of them were residents of Missouri. Close to $560 million was paid out in punitive and actual damages combined.
What Does This Mean for St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys Going Forward?
If you're a resident of Missouri, you have nothing to worry about. Your St. Louis personal injury attorneys will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your case. We'll be able to tell you if you should pursue a legal claim, and we'll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Do you have a personal injury case? Contact us.