In Lebron v. Gottlieb, decided in February of 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down Public Act 94-677, finding that its cap on noneconomic damages violated the Illinois Constitution's separation of powers clause. The Court primarily relied upon the remittitur doctrine to come to its conclusion. This case comment addresses the Lebron decision and its rationale, particularly its focus on the remittitur doctrine. Additionally, this comment addresses the following concepts: 1) the background and history of attempts to limit common law liability in tort law in Illinois;2) other jurisdictions' responses to statutory caps;3) the Lebron majority's distinctions regarding the General Assembly;and 4) alternatives to the tort system of medical malpractice liability which might receive more attention after Lebron. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Chicago Kent Law Review is the property of Chicago Kent Law Review and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Jacquelyn M. Hill,
Lebron v. Gottlieb and Noneconomic Damages for Medical Malpractice Liability: Closing the Door on Caps, but Opening It to New Possibilities,
Chi.-Kent. L. Rev.
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