Pa. Justices Deny Conflict In Loosening Med Mal Venue Rules

By Matt Fair (February 26, 2019, 9:07 PM EST) -- A Harrisburg budget hearing on Tuesday turned into a forum over a hotly contested proposal to loosen venue rules for medical malpractice cases, with two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices denying that input from plaintiffs attorneys posed a conflict of interest.

The hearing was ostensibly to discuss the judiciary's budget for the coming fiscal year, but attention quickly turned to the proposal from the court's Civil Procedural Rules Committee. The new rule would roll back a 16-year-old requirement that medical malpractice cases be brought in the county where the alleged injury took place.

Two justices who attended the hearing defended the rulemaking...

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