Arkansas court cancels oral arguments in lawsuit limits case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court is canceling oral arguments it had scheduled next month in one of two attempts to disqualify from the ballot an effort to limit damages awarded in medical lawsuits.
 
Justices on Friday canceled the oral arguments they had originally scheduled for October 6 in the lawsuit by a campaign the Arkansas Bar Association formed to oppose the measure.
 
The proposal, if approved by voters, would allow the Legislature to cap non-economic damages awarded for medical injury against health care providers, with a minimum cap of $250,000.  The proposal would also put a limit on the contingency fees attorneys could receive in medical injury cases.
 
The complaint is one of two asking the court to block election officials from counting any votes for the measure.


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