Fla. Justices Ponder Caps In Medical Malpractice Rows

Law360, New York (June 9, 2016, 8:10 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday expressed concerns about the potential chilling effect of lawmakers’ decision to limit attorneys’ fees in a medical malpractice suit against a public hospital, the same day the justices heard arguments in litigation over capping noneconomic damages in another malpractice row.

The state’s attorney in the fee matter, Rachel E. Nordby, argued that precedent gives the Florida Legislature discretion to set attorneys’ fees under claims bills, justifying the decision to deny Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA most of the $2.5 million in fees that the firm says it’s owed for representing the family of...

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