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Effort to avert malpractice cap ballot measure on the ropes
Los Angeles Times

A last-minute effort to forge a legislative deal on medical malpractice damages—and avoid a bruising initiative battle between lawyers and medical providers–has stalled, parties involved in the discussions said Friday. Trial lawyers and consumer groups have squared off against doctors, insurance companies and hospitals over caps on pain and suffering damages in malpractice cases. Those rewards have been capped at $250,000 since 1975, when the state enacted the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, or MICRA.