Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Recent Venue Decisions Out of Philadelphia County

I have come across two decisions from the past six (6) months the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas allowed personal injury cases to remain venued in Philadelphia over the defendant's objection:

Martine v. YMCA of Brandywine Valley, et al., May Term 2011, No. 0657, Control No. 11092311 (C.P. Phila. Co. Nov. 7, 2011 Glazer, J.).

YMCA of the USA, a national entity in Chicago, Illinois objected to venue in Philadelphia County because the accident occurred in Chester County at a branch YMCA, YMCA of the Brandywine Valley, the Minor Plaintiff resides in Chester County, and it was asserted that the national branch was a completely separate and distinct corporation.  The court noted evidence of contacts by the national branch with the local YMCA branch sufficient to overrule the venu objection.

Kelley v. Gillies, March Term 2011, No. 03264, Control No. 11-082762 (C.P. Phila. Co. Sept. 21, 2011 Manfredi, J.).

Court found that defendant's acts of driving into Philadelphia to deliver products which were sold to Philadelphia customers by way of internet and telephone orders were acts of a quality and quantity sufficient to demonstrate proper venue in Philadelphia County.

Anyone desiring a copy of these venue decisions may contact me at

I send thanks to Attorney Ryan F. Curran of the Curran Firm in Media, PA for sharing these decisions with me.

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