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How often does your legislature vote on a piece of legislation that it knows will be unconstitutional? In Pennsylvania, the state house has done that in the past and is poised ready to do this again.

That is why if you live in the Commonwelath of Pennsylvania you need to Contact Your Pennsylvania State House Representative Immediately and ask He or She to “Vote NO on House Bill 1976– The Corporation Venue Protection Act”!

The Pennsylvania state house may soon vote on what, if passed, will be known as the the Corporation Venue Protection Act of 2012, HB 1976, which gives corporations special rights and protections in all civil cases. The bill’s supporters spin there argument and call it a “venue shopping” bill, but the bill is really designed to protect corporations that are responsbile for injuring or killing people through reckless, intentional or reckless conduct because it applies only to venue in “actions against corporations and similar entities.”

If passed, this bill will usurp the Supreme Court’s exclusive rulemaking power on venue and all but abolish the ‘minimum contacts’ jurisdiction test. Emboldened by their win last year on joint and several liability, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry admits it wants to “continue the momentum.” Despite using other organizations to help lobby this legislation, the Chamber is really the force behind actively pushing HB 1976.

For the sake of the preserving your rights and the rights of a loved one who may be injured or killed by such conduct, it is time to push back now.

Contact your state representative to vote “no” on the HB 1976. HB 1976 is unconstitutional, departs radically from longstanding legal doctrine, and unfairly singles out corporations for protection against accountability for harms they cause to Pennsylvania families.

If this legislation becomes law it will have a dramatic impact on those injured or killed as a result of corporate misconduct in a car wreck or accident, impacted by a defective product, or any other personal injury claim (excluding medical malpractice) in not only Harrisburg, Central Pennsylvania but the entire Commonwealth.

Scott B. Cooper
Schmidt Kramer PC
209 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-6300 – Telephone
(717) 232-6467 – Facsimile

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