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Prop. 46 foes spent $60 million to maintain 1975 malpractice award cap
Prop. 46 foes spent $60 million to maintain 1975 malpractice award cap

The election day drubbing of Proposition 46, an initiative that would have increased limits on certain medical malpractice damages, marks a stinging defeat for the state's trial attorneys, who championed the measure. The defeat caps years of declining influence for one of the Democratic Party's most stalwart allies. Even in deep blue California, attorneys have been unable to push through legislative changes in the decades-old malpractice award cap of $250,000. "We had been punched around on this issue for so many years in Sacramento that we had to do something," said Brian Kabateck, past president of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Not acting to have the limit...

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