A June 27 decision by a divided Texas Supreme Court limits the exposure that some health care providers will face when sued under the state’s Medical Liability and Insurance Act.

Amid a hue and cry that Texas is in a medical malpractice crisis, the high court ruled 6-3 in Columbia Hospital Corp. v. Moore, et al. that prejudgment interest in health care liability claims stemming from patients’ deaths is subject to the 1977 law’s cap on damages.

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