Monday, February 10, 2020
In 2002, the legislature passed a law that, among other things, limited venue in med mal cases to the county in which the cause of action arose. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted the venue restriction into the rules of civil procedure to fix a constitutional problem with the legislation. About a year ago, the court announced it was considering eliminating the restriction. A committee of the legislature requested a year to study the change. That report was released last week, and the committee stated it had insufficient data to assess the impact of the proposed change. No recommendation was made. It is likely there will be a renewed period of public comment prior to any decision by the court. JD Supra has details.