The Missouri Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 591 (SB 591) that makes significant reforms to the law governing the award of punitive damages, which Governor Parson has signed. The new legislation has the likelihood of making it more difficult for plaintiffs to pursue claims for punitive damages in trucking accident cases and to reduce discovery against motor carriers. The legislation will likely face some legal challenges, and its application in some respects remains uncertain. Following is an overview of the new legislation and how it might affect future trucking cases in Missouri.
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