Mo. Governor Vetoes Punitive Damage Shield For Mine Cos.

Law360, New York (July 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday vetoed legislation that would shield certain mining companies from punitive damages in contamination suits if they have or are remediating the sites, handing a loss to Doe Run Resources Corp., which championed the legislation.

Nixon vetoed H.B. 650, which would also cap aggregate damages in contamination suits at $2.5 million, saying the bill's effort to reduce damages is egregious because it would apply the reduction retrospectively, against actions that have already been filed, and against judgments that have already been...
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