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Senate Bill 1 was signed into law by Governor Blunt, to become effective August 28, 2005. That workers' compensation bill was anti-family and anti-worker, as none of its changes benefited those who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. This legislation targets workers and their families with outrageous penalties, hurdles and obstacles to obtaining medical care and income while unable to work. The Governor and his followers chose this path, instead of changing the law to better protect Missouri's families and workforce.

Our Firm, as lead counsel, along with other leading trial attorneys throughout the state, is spearheading a constitutional challenge to Senate Bill 1, which is currently pending before the Missouri Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in the challenge are 72 unions, associations, and federations, whose members are negatively affected by the 2005 changes. The materials below consist of the original petition, the list of plaintiffs, and the multiple briefs that have thus far been filed. They include briefs by the plaintiffs/appellants and friends of the court ("amicus"). Oral argument will likely take place in the Fall of 2007.

  1) Petition for Declaratory Judgement
  2) Appellant's Brief - Missouri Supreme Court
  3) Amicus Curiae Brief - MO AFL-CIO
  4) Amicus Curiae Brief - WILG (Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group)
  5) Amicus Curiae Brief - MATA (Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys)
  6) Amicus Curiae Brief - IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters)
  7) List of Plaintiffs - MARA v. DOLIR
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