Consumer Group Critical of Bill in Legislature to Restrict Liability Lawsuits

A consumer group has attacked one of the many proposals in the state legislature to restrict liability lawsuits. The Consumers Council of Missouri contends a measure going to the Senate floor Monday would harm citizens by weakening the state’s Merchandising Practices Act, or MPA. The group says the proposal eliminates the act’s oversight of practices regulated by federal and state agencies, limits consumers’ rights to sue and places barriers on class action law suits. The Consumers Council’s Cara Spencer says the measure places residents at a disadvantage in holding businesses responsible for their actions.