On February 5, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the state's medical malpractice law, which set limits of $500,000 in non-economic damages against doctors and $1 million against hospitals.
The court ruled that the law was unconstitutional because the determination of damage awards should be left to the courts, not the legislature.
The ruling reflects the current debate in Washington, where medical malpractice caps have been considered as part of the health reform debate.
An article on the court's ruling can be found here:
The court's decision can be found here:
Sources: New York Times, Illinois Supreme Court