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Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of pain and suffering caps
(2007-04-30)
(WOUB) - A woman who says she suffered life-threatening blood clots from a birth control medication wants the Ohio Supreme Court to throw out caps on pain and suffering awards.

Melisa Arbino of Cincinnati says the caps are unconstitutional because they violate her right to a trial by jury.

Drug maker Johnson and Johnson, which produced the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch, says the limits are needed to curb skyrocketing and arbitrary jury awards.

The Republican controlled Legislature approved the caps two years ago, limiting pain and suffering awards at between $350,000 and $500,000 dollars for less severe injuries.

Businesses long said they needed such a bill in part because of rising insurance rates as a result of high jury verdicts.

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