House Concurrent Resolution No. 12


0591L.01IWhereas, a fair and efficient legal system free from frivolous and abusive litigation is necessary for a vibrant economy and access to affordable health care; and


            Whereas, reasonable caps on damages protect consumers from the rising costs of - and diminishing access to - products and services that results from lawsuit abuse; and


            Whereas, victims who suffer losses - not their attorneys - should receive the majority of damage awards; and


            Whereas, lawsuits filed in a timely fashion promote fairness for all parties; and


            Whereas, in accordance with the intent of the Framers of the United States Constitution, cases involving residents of different states should be tried in federal court; and


            Whereas, individuals suffer the most damaging effects of frivolous lawsuits as the cost of products and services rises due to the exorbitant increases in insurance costs:


            Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-third General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby request our elected Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress to support meaningful class action reform and medical malpractice liability reform; and


            Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for each member of the Missouri Congressional Delegation.