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HB 1578 - Limits Circumstances Under Which Lawsuits May Be Joined - Missouri Key Vote

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Title: Limits Circumstances Under Which Lawsuits May Be Joined

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that limits the circumstances under which plaintiffs may join their lawsuits, commonly known as a class action lawsuit.

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  • Prohibits plaintiffs from joining lawsuits based on (Sec. A):

    • Injury outside of the state of Missouri;

    • Separate purchases of the same product; or

    • Separate incidents involving the same product.

  • Authorizes plaintiffs in tort cases to join lawsuits only if each plaintiff could have filed a suit in the same venue irrespective of the claims of any other plaintiff (Sec. A).

  • Specifies that, notwithstanding the above requirement, tort cases can be joined if each plaintiff could have filed the suit in adjoining counties and each county has a population of fewer than 150,000 (Sec. A).

  • Authorizes plaintiffs who were injured in a state other than Missouri in a single, simultaneous occurrence to join lawsuits in Cole County (Sec. A).

Title: Limits Circumstances Under Which Lawsuits May Be Joined

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