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HR 5 - Malpractice Liability Reform Bill - National Key Vote

Judy Biggert voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Sent To Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (230-194) - (Key vote)
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Title: Malpractice Liability Reform Bill

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that contains certain provisions regarding medical malpractice lawsuits and revises current law regarding punitive and compensatory damages.

  • Places a time limit of three years after injury, or one year after learning of an injury, to file a malpractice lawsuit (Sec. 3).
  • Sets no limit for economic damages (medical bills and lost wages), but sets a $250,000 limit on all non-economic compensatory damages (pain and suffering) (Sec. 4).
  • Allows courts to restrict the legal fees prosecuting lawyers can receive (Sec. 5).
  • Stipulates that punitive damages can only be awarded if compensatory damages are awarded and if it is proven that there was malicious intent to injure the claimant (Sec. 7).
  • Sets a minimum of $250,000 and a maximum of twice the amount of all economic damages for punitive damages (Sec. 7).
  • Limits liability of manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of healthcare products that comply with FDA standards (Sec. 7).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Malpractice Liability Reform Bill


  • Phil Gingrey (GA - R) (Out Of Office)


  • W. Todd Akin (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • J. Gresham Barrett (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Judy Biggert (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles W. Boustany Jr. (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jeb E. Bradley (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Virginia 'Ginny' Brown-Waite (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Chris Cannon (UT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (WV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Randall H. 'Duke' Cunningham (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas M. 'Tom' Davis III (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles W. 'Charlie' Dent (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David T. Dreier (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Terry Everett (AL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Gerlach (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul E. Gillmor (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gilbert W. 'Gil' Gutknecht (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ralph Moody Hall (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Melissa A. Hart (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard 'Doc' Hastings (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert C. 'Robin' Hayes (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Nathan Hostettler (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kenny C. Hulshof (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark R. Kennedy (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Steven Kirk (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John P. Kline (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John R. 'Randy' Kuhl Jr. (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ray H. LaHood (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas P. 'Tom' Latham (IA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Connie Mack IV (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James David 'Jim' Matheson (UT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gary G. Miller (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John P. 'Jack' Murtha (PA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Suellen W. 'Sue' Myrick (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert William 'Bob' Ney (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Anne Meagher Northup (KY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James A. 'Jim' Nussle (IA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mike Pence (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles W. 'Chip' Pickering Jr. (MS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph R. 'Joe' Pitts (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jon Christopher Porter Sr. (NV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas E. 'Tom' Price (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard 'Rick' Renzi (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • H. James 'Jim' Saxton (NJ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gene Taylor (MS - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles H. Taylor (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William M. 'Bill' Thomas (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Patrick J. 'Pat' Tiberi (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Lynn A. Westmoreland (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
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