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The Legal Intelligencer is reporting today about 60% drop in mass tort filings in Philadelphia Courts. Is this further proof that there is no need for changes to the venue rules of civil procedure or the continued unconstitutional efforts to legislate any changes? Also, doesn't this finally prove that the business sponsored surveys of Philadelphia being a "judicial hellhole" is not true? Below is the article from today's Legal.

The article proves once and for all that the American Tort reform Association claims are false and lies. As written, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas is projecting that 60 percent fewer mass tort cases will be filed this year than were filed in 2011.

Clearly, the American Tort Reform Association and its study that it pays for on Judicial Hellholes is not telling the public or the legislators the truth when it says that there is a problem with the Philadelphia court system. In fact, if anything, the court system in Philadelphia has shown to be fair and expeditious.

The link to the entire article by Amaris Elliott-Engel who can be contacted at 215-557-2354 or Follow her on Twitter @Amorist is below:

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    Darren McKinney

    Leaving aside the question of copyright infringement raised by Mr. Cooper's posting of the entire Legal Intelligencer article without so much as a link to that publication's website, let's turn immediately to his misleading -- intentional or innocent -- introduction to the article.

    Mr. Cooper claims that mass tort filings in Philadelphia were down roughly 60% in 2011, and thus all demands for reform of that notoriously plaintiff-friendly Judicial Hellhole have been without merit. But that's not what the article reports at all. In fact, it instead reports that new filings thus far in 2012 are down 60% relative to 2011. And in keeping with the upward trend prior to this year, 2011 filings had increased relative to 2010 filings, just as 2010 filings had increased over 2009 filings.

    Reasonable people would attribute the 2012 decrease to Judge Herron's February 15 reform order that was instigated, in part, by the heightened scrutiny of the jurisdiction that my organization and others brought to bear.

    In any case, to deny that Philadelphia had long been an infamous destination for litigation tourists from across the country is to delude oneself or willfully misrepresent the facts.

    Darren McKinney

    American Tort Reform Association

    Washington, D.C.

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