Missouri AG Koster Proposes Reforms to Debt-Collection Practices

Yesterday Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster joined forces with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Legal Services of Southern Missouri, and Mid Missouri Legal Services to propose reforms aimed at curbing what he describes as “abusive debt collection lawsuits in Missouri.”

In a letter addressed to the Missouri Supreme Court’s recently formed Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness, Koster called for changes to court rules in an effort to prevent unscrupulous collection practices. The changes, wrote Koster, “would advance the Court Commission’s efforts as well as the Calls to Action recommended by the Governor’s Ferguson Commission.”

In his letter to the Commission, Koster outlined three proposed amendments to Missouri’s rules of civil court procedure aimed at curbing the alleged abusive litigation practices:

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