US Chamber targets Missouri with new legal reform ad campaign

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform is taking aim at Missouri’s lawsuit climate with a new online and television advertising campaign.

The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) launched the campaign earlier this month, urging the Missouri General Assembly to take legal reform action.

According to the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, conducted by Harris Poll, Missouri ranks number 42 out of 50 for the worst legal environment.

The ILR also says that St. Louis was No. 10 on the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment, and it makes the list of the five worst states in terms of its treatment of class actions and mass consolidation suits. These issues were highlighted by the American Tort Reform Association, which designated St. Louis as the top ‘judicial hellhole’, though the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys has rejected that label.

The ILR has partnered with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry to advocate for comprehensive reform in this year’s legislative session, saying Missouri must be put consumers and small businesses first.

Read more: The Missouri Times

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