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Missouri legislature enacts Section 537.058 limiting time-limited demands

While much attention has been focused recently on changes made by the Missouri legislature (and signed into law) to Section 537.065 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, not as much attention has been given to a new statute enacted at the same time the Section 537.065 was modified.

Section 537.058 establishes minimum standards for time-limited settlement demands in bodily injury and wrongful death claims, at least as it relates to utilizing those time-limited demands as a basis for an eventual claim against the liability insurer for "bad faith" or other claim for extra-contractual damages. The statute sets minimum time limits of not less than ninety (90) days for such demands, and mandates the following:

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