State must add jobs to compete, not infringe on legal rights
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Regarding the Nov. 26 story that said Pennsylvania has earned a bad reputation for "litigation tourism" ("Holding Business Hostage"):
If we want to improve Pennsylvania's economy, we need to add jobs, not take away people's rights.
Under Pennsylvania's well-established rule on venue, jurisdiction for civil cases is determined by our state Supreme Court. Venue works because it guarantees everyone's access to our civil justice system.
Corporations are not immune from lawsuits if they behave irresponsibly. But the drug manufacturers, tobacco industry and insurance companies behind the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want to tilt the playing field.
If Pennsylvania is receiving a failing grade on its economy, it is due to factors such as education, quality of life, access to new markets and tax incentives. These are areas where we need to make improvements if we want our economy to come back.
Gutting venue is unconstitutional and won't create a single job.
SCOTT B. COOPER
Pennsylvania Association for Justice
First Published November 29, 2012 12:00 am