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Miller v. Johnson

Kansas Court Upholds Caps on Damages That Harm Older People Disproportionately


What’s at Stake

Caps on noneconomic damages are some of the early efforts at reforming the tort system and very heavy-handedly affect the older retired workers and low-income populations in a grossly disproportionate manner. They are discriminatory and don’t focus on reducing errors and enhancing patient safety. The case has far-reaching implications for older people in Kansas, and will send an important message to other states grappling with the same questions.

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Miller v. Johnson was decided by the Kansas Supreme Court.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.