Friday, January 6, 2012

Senate Bill 609 SB609

We ought to have a constitutional amendment requiring state legislators to pass a difficult test on Mark Twain, for his wisdom reminds us:


  • "All you need in this life are ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."


  • "No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."

  • "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." 

Tort deformity is back at the General Assembly, in the shape of Senate Bill 609 

While promoted as "pro business," SB609 is the most amoral, anti-business piece of legislation likely ever offered in the Missouri legislature.  Among its principal wrongs are:

  1. It may repeal vicarious liability, for its draws no distinction between the liability of a principal and an agent. If passed, I will advise my clients not to do business with agents under any circumstances.
  2. It will eliminate practical liability for both conspiracy and aiding and abetting liability
On the plus side, we will be able to establish websites that promote the murder and worse of legislators, their friends and families, and other public officials,  for the proposed law will gut Soldier of Fortune liability.






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