Pennsylvania has a new law on the books that eliminates "venue shopping," a practice in which medical liability attorneys and their plaintiffs move their cases to counties with a documented history of large jury awards. Under the law, a malpractice case must be heard in the county where the alleged incident occurred. The bill was overwhelmingly passed by the General Assembly last week and signed into law by the governor yesterday. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania hailed its passage. "The elimination of venue shopping is another crucial step to containing medical liability costs," officials at the trade association said in a written statement. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. bans 'venue shopping' for malpractice suits
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