The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on October 24, 2011, to consider a bill (H.B. 1552) that would allow a personal injury or wrongful death suit to be filed only “in the county in which the cause of action arose.” Shook, Hardy & Bacon Public Policy Partner Mark Behrens provided testimony in support of the proposal, focusing his remarks on current venue rules that allow a disproportionate number of civil cases to be filed in Philadelphia, which the American Tort Reform Association has characterized as a “judicial hellhole.” According to Behrens, “plaintiffs’ lawyers expect more favorable outcomes at trial in Philadelphia than in other areas of the Commonwealth. Evidence suggests that they may be right.”