“Venue Shopping” refers to the practice of filing a personal injury lawsuit in a county other than the venue where the action originally arose. Venue shopping has become notorious in Pennsylvania with an inordinate number of personal suits being filed in Philadelphia. Plaintiffs’ lawyers are drawn to the courts in Philadelphia because they perceive that their clients will receive a better treatment in the Philadelphia courts than in the courts of their own jurisdiction. HB 1976 introduced by Rep. Bryan Cutler specifies that a plaintiff may file a cause of action only as follows: an action or proceeding against a corporation or similar entity to recover damages for death or injury to a person may be brought only in one of the following:
The county where the plaintiff is domiciled.
The county where all or a predominant part of the cause of action arose
The county where the principal place of business of the corporation or similar entity is located.
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