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Change to Claims for Punitive Damages (2020)

Effective August 28, 2020, and subject to any potential court challenges and legislative modifications, Missouri law relating to punitive damages has changed quite a bit. The changes — codified in 510.261, RSMo — are procedural and substantive. Substantively, punitive damages cannot be award unless the plaintiff proves by “clear and convincing evidence that the defendant…

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