Senate votes to spare plaintiffs' lawyers

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Posted: Dec 06, 2009 4:08 PM

The Senate has voted to spare plaintiffs' lawyers in medical malpractice cases from a cut in fees.

By a vote of 32-66, the Senate rejected an amendment by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., to cap the fees that plaintiffs' lawyers can collect when they win a case.

Ensign would have limited the lawyers to one-third of the first $150,000, and one-fourth of additional amounts above that. Democrats said the amendment was one-sided because it would not limit fees for defense lawyers in malpractice cases.

The vote came during a rare Sunday session to deal with health care overhaul legislation.