Oral Arguments Set On Arkansas Medical Lawsuit Limits

Sep 2, 2016

Arkansas Supreme Court Building

Arkansas' highest court will hear arguments next month in one of two complaints against a proposed ballot measure to limit damages awarded in medical lawsuits.

The state Supreme Court on Friday set oral arguments for Oct. 6 in the complaint filed by a campaign group formed by the Arkansas Bar Association to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment.

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 asks the court to block election officials from counting any votes for the measure. A separate complaint was filed against the measure Thursday.