Citizens Initiative and Recall
Backers of malpractice cap ballot measure submit signatures

SACRAMENTO -- Proponents of a measure to raise the cap on some medical malpractice damages submitted signatures Monday afternoon to qualify for the November ballot, paving the way for a costly initiative fight. The measure would change a 1975 California law that has limited pain and suffering damages in malpractice cases to $250,000. The law "has been a true hardship for victims and their surviving families," Bob Pack, an Internet executive from Danville, said at a news conference Monday morning. The initiative is named after Pack's two children, Troy and Alana, who were killed in a hit-and-run accident in October 2003 by a drunk and heavily medicated driver. Pack has...