'87 law behind ruling to dismiss circumcision suit


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama law passed to rein in health care costs nearly three decades ago was at the heart of a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit over what a man claims was a botched circumcision.

Circuit Judge Jim Hughey III last week threw out the civil lawsuit filed by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. and his wife after ruling it lacked details required by the Alabama Medical Liability Act.

The judge didn't rule directly on Bank's claims about what he says was a surgical procedure that resulted in the amputation of his penis.

Instead, Bank's attorney can refile the case and provide specifics like the time and date of the procedure that the defense claims didn't happen.

Defense lawyers say they expect Banks to lose again if he returns to court.

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