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Texans vote on capping civil lawsuit awards

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texans voted Saturday on 22 proposed constitutional amendments, including one that would allow caps on civil lawsuit awards.

The proposal to cap civil lawsuit awards became a big-money battle pitting doctors against lawyers as both sides tried to rally voters.

The lawsuit amendment, Proposition 12, would set a $750,000 cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and would empower lawmakers to enact caps in all types of lawsuits beginning in 2005. Awards against individual doctors would be limited to $250,000.