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New Appointments to the Civil Procedural Rules Committee
The Supreme Court has made two new appointments to the Civil Procedural Rules Committee. Clifford Rieders, Esq. is a plaintiffs attorney from Lycoming County whose areas of practice include medical malpractice, personal injury, and other torts. Maureen McBride, is an appellate and commercial litigation attorney in Chester County. We note McBride has served as outside counsel for the Pennsylvania Medical Society on several amicus briefs.
The Civil Procedural Rules Committee plays an important role in the process of amending the Rules of Civil Procedure. The committee evaluates all proposed rule changes and makes recommendations to the Supreme Court.
Mr. Rieders is known as a vocal proponent of returning to the broad rules that allowed medical liability case venue shopping to flourish in the early 2000s. PCCJR Executive Director, Curt Schroder, debated Rieders earlier this year on SmartTalk.
Mobilizing – Stop Venue Shopping Round II
The Supreme Court may have pumped the breaks on dialing Pennsylvania back to the pre-2003 venue shopping rules for now, but the risk is still VERY real. We are expecting the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to announce a hearing date soon. The LBFC hearing will explore the impact the rule change could have on the delivery of health care in Pennsylvania. It is critically important that Pennsylvanians understand what is at stake – a return to venue shopping could usher in another medical liability crisis! [Read more…] about PCCJR Update — May 17, 2019