Doe Run Lead Co. has settles a lawsuit claiming the company contaminated areas of St. Francois County. The families involved in the suit have agreed to a confidentiality agreement with the company. Therefore, the settlement amount will not be made public. This settlement comes just days after the Missouri Legislature agreed to limit the lead smelter's liability from suit. The company can no longer be sued for punitive damages relating to lead contamination. This is a huge setback for Missouri families. The Legislature has with one fell swoop stole an entire class of plaintiffs' rights to have a jury decide the merits of the plaintiffs' case. The company lobbied Missouri lawmakers to create the legislation because the company claimed it could shut down if it was forced to defend another lawsuit.
The attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC vehemently oppose any law that caps an injured person's ability to recover for their pain and suffering. The effect of this type of law is to take the decision of what is appropriate to award an injured person out of the hands of the jury and into the hands of the legislature. If you or a loved one has been injured in a medical setting and you need representation to ensure that you receive adequate compensation, please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to set up an appointment to talk with one of our personal injury attorneys.
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