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Malpractice Cap Rulings to Wait

No word yet in either Maryland and Illinois on various challenges to medical malpractice caps both states. The Illinois case was on the list of cases to be decided last week but it was withdrawn, so no ruling will be made in 2009. The Maryland high court will likely not rule until 2010 either.

The Illinois ruling is sexier than Maryland because (1) it is a larger state, and (2) it goes to the core of the cap: is it a violation of the state’s constitution. But it is a huge deal to medical malpractice victims in Maryland.

Fun random why the Illinois cap is wrong: Rod Blagojevich signed it into law. Ispo facto.