Senate considering bill to create specialized Commerce Courts

State Rep. Seth Grove   The Office of State Rep. Seth Grove

By a vote of 198 to 2, members of the state House recently advanced House Bill 323, legislation that would create specialized commerce courts, to the Senate for consideration.

Sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), the measure would establish commerce courts in Superior Court and Court of Common Pleas across the commonwealth. Specialized commerce court judges would hear and decide complex business-related cases. Acquisitions, mergers, dissolutions and liquidations, among other items would fall under their jurisdiction.

Commerce courts are already used in the Philadelphia and Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas, as well as in neighboring Delaware.

The bill is meant to improve Pennsylvania’s overall business climate.

“Businesses lawsuits are often extremely complex; having dedicated judges to handle these cases will provide an efficient and transparent process,” Grove said. “Businesses want to know that they can trust the integrity of the legal system and that is a large factor in where they decide to locate themselves. My legislation will attract businesses to Pennsylvania and will lead to more jobs. We need to follow the example of Delaware, as their courts have been a key component of why so many companies do business there.”

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