Kate Frerking


Tort reform has become a prominent and contested issue as legislatures around the country are seeking to reconsider and rewrite the rules of civil tort litigation. Missouri, like many other states, focuses its effort on legislative remedy limitations in the form of statutory caps on noneconomic damages—attractive targets for nationwide reform efforts. There is uncertainty as to whether, and to what extent, this reform measure implicates the constitutional right to trial by jury. The Missouri Supreme Court addressed this issue in Ordinola v. University Physician Associates, and it affirmed the statutory caps on noneconomic damages imposed by the Missouri General Assembly in medical malpractice actions.

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