A House committee has approved a bill aimed at cutting the huge increases in medical malpractice insurance premiums. The bill would cap the awards that are paid to those who successfully sue doctors and would end the practice of so-called venue shopping in which trial attorneys try to have cases heard in locations in which they are likely to receive huge awards. The legislation would require that cases be heard in the cities or towns in which the alleged wrongdoings occurred. The 10-7 vote in the House Judiciary Committee, along party lines, sends the legislation to the full House.
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