Ohio Supreme Court to Decide Pain and Suffering Caps

An attorney for a woman who wants the Ohio Supreme Court to throw out caps on pain-and-suffering awards says the state law is unconstitutional.

In arguments Tuesday in front of the high court, an attorney for Melisa Arbino of Cincinnati says the woman suffered life-threatening blood clots from a birth control medication made by Johnson and Johnson.

She filed a lawsuit over the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch and says the law infringes on her right to be fully compensated.

The drug maker insists caps are needed to curb skyrocketing jury awards and that tossing out the law will cause Ohio’s business climate to suffer.

The law limits pain-and-suffering awards at between $350,000 and $500,000 for less severe injuries.

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