GOP Brings Back Medical Malpractice Reform Bill

Law360, New York (March 4, 2011, 2:06 PM EST) -- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced a bill Thursday to reform medical malpractice litigation, aiming to rein in damages awards and ballooning malpractice insurance premiums.

Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, resubmitted H.R. 896, the Medical Justice Act. He introduced the bill twice before, but it never made it past preliminary hearings.

The bill, co-sponsored by eight of Burgess’ colleagues from other Texas districts, seeks to limit medical liability and cap the noneconomic damages awarded in medical malpractice suits.

Fueled by outsize damages awards and a...
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