Tort Law

HB 69 – Negligence standard for inmate suicide. Speci­fies that gross negligence will be the standard of proof in a court action brought against a public or private jail or a correctional or detention facility as a result of a death by suicide of any inmate.

HB 112 / SB 105 – Statutory medical malpractice action. Establishes a statutory cause of action, replacing the com­mon law action, for damages against a health care provider for personal injury arising out of the rendering of or failure to render health care services.

HB 247 – Removal of statute of limitation for child abuse. Removes the statute of limitation for certain actions to recover damages regarding child abuse and sexual offenses committed against a child and allows prosecutions for child abuse to be commenced at any time. In scope. Support some limitations on civil actions, but not criminal actions.

HB 287 – Statute of limitation for actions against mental health professionals. Establishes a five-year statute of limitations for actions against a mental health professional for malpractice, negligence, or error.

HB 319 / SB 353 – Whistleblower Protection Act. Estab­lishes the Whistleblower’s Protection Act to codify the existing common law exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine making it unlawful for an employer to discharge a protected person.

HCS HB 320 / SB 353 – Missouri Human Rights Act. Changes the laws regarding unlawful discriminatory em­ployment practices as they relate to the Missouri Human Rights Act and establishes the Whistleblower Protection Act.

HB 339 – Damage limitations for uninsured motorists. Requires uninsured motorists to forfeit recovery of non­economic damages under certain circumstances. In scope. Oppose.

HB 425 / SB 322 – Immunity for law enforcement officers. Specifies that all law enforcement officers are immune from personal civil liability for acts that are within the scope of their official duties, discretionary, and not performed in bad faith or with malice.

HCS HB 468 – Immunity for law enforcement process servers. Gives sheriffs or any other law enforcement officer absolute immunity when conducting service of process at the direction of any court.  In scope.  Oppose.  The Missouri Bar is presumptively opposed to special immunities and supports the criminal justice and civil trial system to solve disputes about liability.

HJR 6 / SJR 1 – Limitation of liability for noneconomic damages. Proposes a constitutional amendment limiting the liability for noneconomic damages and authorizes the General Assembly to adjust the amount as necessary by law.

SB 12 – Immunity for court-appointed lawyers. Provides immunity from civil liability for attorneys appointed by the court to represent indigent criminal defendants.

SB 64 – Standard of evidence in medical malpractice. Changes the evidentiary standard in medical malpractice cases to clear and convincing for noneconomic damages.

SB 356 – Product manufacturer liability. Terminates a manufacturer’s liability when a product is materially altered by a person not in the business of selling the product.


Index of Bills by Subject Matter

  • CCS - Conference Committee Substitute
  • HB - House Bill
  • HCS - House Committee Substitute
  • HS - House Substitute
  • HJR - House Joint Resolution
  • SB - Senate Bill
  • SCS - Senate Committee Substitute
  • SS - Senate Substitute
  • SJR - Senate Joint Resolution
  • * - Missouri Bar Committee-Drafted Legislation

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