lawsuit abuse


Reforms to Pennsylvania's costly legal system


Despite enactment of landmark legislation to reform the doctrine of joint and several liability, Pennsylvania's legal climate remains one of the worst in the nation; a view substantiated by a multitude of national surveys. The business community supports legal reforms that will help bring fairness, balance and common sense to the system and reduce lawsuit abuse while protecting the right of legitimate plaintiffs to seek justice. The PA Chamber supports proposals that would eliminate the practice of "venue shopping"; require a certificate of merit in all professional liability actions; reform asbestos bankruptcy trust litigation; and protect health-care providers who express benevolent gestures to patients or victims' families.