Mo. lawmakers add limits on liability lawsuits
Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:17:11 GMT —
Missouri lawmakers are continuing to chip away at the ability of injury victims to win monetary damages in court cases.
Three of the 10 vetoes overridden this past week by the Legislature dealt with bills restricting liability lawsuits.
One attempts to limit punitive damages in cases against The Doe Run Co. over contamination from old lead mining operations.
Another bars uninsured drivers from getting noneconomic damages in suits against insured drivers who cause accidents.
A third shields medical professionals who are volunteering their services from liability lawsuits.
The measures are the latest in a serious of liability limits passed by the Republican-led Legislature over the last decade. Lawmakers passed a comprehensive rewrite of liability laws in 2005 and also have granted protections for other specific industries.