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House-passed legislation would preempt state medical liability laws

The House narrowly passed an ABA-opposed bill last month that would preempt state laws to impose caps of $250,000 on non-economic damages and place limits on contingency fees that lawyers can charge in medical liability cases. In a letter to House leadership prior to the June 28 vote, ABA Governmental Affairs Director Thomas M. Susman emphasized that the authority to determine medical liability law has rested with the states for over 200 years.