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Overrides from the Missouri veto session could lead to lawsuits.

Date: September 16, 2013
By: Jessica Mensch
State Capitol Bureau
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HB339, HB650

HB339, HB650

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Some vetoed Bills that lawmakers overrode last week are causing concern for trial attorneys.
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Wrap: The Director of the Association of Trial Attorneys says bills limiting lawsuits over lead contamination and restricting uninsured drivers' lawsuits are bad news for Missourians.

Sharon Jones says the bills limit constitutional rights.

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Description: "Both of them are bills that attack the right to a civil jury trial that is guaranteed in both the Missouri and the United States Constitutions. And our association is strongly opposed to anything that erodes that right."
 

Jones says they have a committee exploring options to intervene, but there are no concrete plans to challenge the bills at this time.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

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Vetoed Bills overridden in the Missouri veto session could be facing further challenges.
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Wrap: The Association of Trial Attorneys strongly opposes some new laws and says they are currently exploring options to challenge them.

Director Sharon Jones says measures limiting lawsuits over lead contamination and restricting uninsured drivers' lawsuits against insured drivers are unconstitutional.

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Description: "In the Doe Run case, because of their behavior and some of the things that we have seen documented by both the EPA and their own internal documents, I think it's likely that there will be a punitive damages award and that will be challenged."

Jones says there are currently no plans set to challenge the bills, but if the circumstance arises trial attorneys will not hesitate to take action.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

 

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While some vetoed bills became laws after the veto session, they may face further challenges.
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Wrap: Despite the Association of Trial Attorney's efforts, lawmakers overrode vetoes on bills limiting lawsuits over lead contamination and restricting uninsured drivers' lawsuits against insured drivers

Director Sharon Jones says trial jurors tried to stop the bills because they limit constitutional rights.

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Description: "We did what we do on any bill that gives immunity for civil liability. Which is we call people and explain to them who the bills will be harming and ask them to vote against it."

Jones says the fight over these bills is not over, and circumstances will likely arise causing attorneys to challenge the bills.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.


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