With St. Louis’ ‘Judicial Hellhole’ Ranking, Lawmakers Have Opportunity to Act

Date: December 14, 2022

St. Louis earned the American Tort Reform Foundation’s ranking as a “Judicial Hellhole"

St. Louis earned the American Tort Reform Foundation’s ranking as a “Judicial Hellhole,” marking the ninth-year jurisdictions in Missouri have earned a spot on the watchdog’s list. Following the city’s ranking, NFIB State Director Brad Jones urged lawmakers to enact reforms to curb lawsuit abuse in St. Louis courtrooms.

“Without further reform, judicial tourism will continue to run rampant in St. Louis courts,” Jones said. “We will continue to fight for reforms to ensure judges follow the letter of the law and that every Missourian gets a fair shake.”

The foundation’s report reads: “While the judges in St. Louis continued to ignore both state law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent and allowed junk science to fill their courtrooms, the Missouri legislature must continue to prioritize reforms to address the lawsuit abuse bogging down business in the state. The future success of the state is contingent on both branches of government addressing the work needed to ensure the state has a fair and balanced civil justice system.” Click here to read the report.

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