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Missouri House OKs effort to reinstate liability limits

Missouri House members have advanced a bill designed to reinstate a cap on some damages in medical malpractice cases after the state Supreme Court struck down an existing law.

Missouri House members have advanced a bill designed to reinstate a cap on some damages in medical malpractice cases after the state Supreme Court struck down an existing law.

A 2005 law that capped noneconomic damages for medical malpractice at $350,000 was part of a broader effort to curb liability lawsuits. The Missouri Supreme Court last year found part of that law unconstitutional.

This year's House bill seeks to retain the $350,000 limit while avoiding the constitutional issue cited by the high court. The chamber gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday on a vote of 91-63. It needs another affirmative vote before moving to the state Senate.

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