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Governor Richard “Dick” Thornburgh Remembered

Former Pennsylvania Governor Richard “Dick” Thornburgh, referred to as a “Legal and Public Service Giant,” has passed away at the age of 88. Thornburgh was elected Governor in 1978 and served for two terms. He later served the nation as Attorney General of the United States from 1988-1991. In 1994, he returned to his previous position as…

Pennsylvania Courts Top ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

No Statute or Precedent Safe in PA! Pennsylvania courts top the list of “Judicial Hellholes” for the second year running. The dubious distinction, compiled annually by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF), points to a string of pro-plaintiff decisions issued by the state Supreme Court and the long-standing reputation for big-city courts to welcome venue shopping…

New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Protecting Employers from COVID-19 Lawsuits

PCCJR Urges Congress to Act Before the End of the Year! (Harrisburg, PA) The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) today said a new national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform confirms public support for safe harbor legislation to protect businesses, professionals and organizations providing vital serves through the Covid-19 pandemic.…

PCCJR Urges Governor Wolf to Sign HB 1737

Protect Those on Front Lines of Pandemic from Needless Lawsuits   The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) urges Governor Tom Wolf to sign a much needed Covid-19 liability protection bill, HB 1737, after it passed both chambers of the General Assembly this week. “Pennsylvanians are working overtime and then some to get our state…

PA General Assembly Passes COVID Liability Protection Bill!

HB 1737 Now Goes to Governor HB 1737 has passed both chambers of the PA General Assembly and now goes to the Governor. The bill provides COVID liability protection to healthcare practitioners and facilities, manufacturers of personal protective equipment, as well as protection from exposure claims for those following health guidelines. In addition to healthcare…

Lawsuits Over Lawsuits

Even as states work to provide a temporary safe harbor for health care providers and businesses working to provide goods and services through the pandemic, there are concerns that the trial bar will challenge those protections. Particularly vulnerable are the liability protections offered by executive orders and actions, a move not previously challenged in the…