An article written by Mark Perry appeared in the Scranton Times on April 7, 2019. The article entitled “Maintain state’s medical malpractice venue rule” discusses the Civil Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s proposal to eliminate on the state’s most important medical malpractice reforms agains forum shopping. The law currently requires medical professional liability actions against health care providers be brought only in the county where the cause of action occurred. Under the new rule, defendants may be sued in any county where they “regularly conduct business” or have a “registered office or principal place of business.” Mark wrote that the proposed repeal of the venue rule is misguided as the data on which the committee relies does not support its decisions. Furthermore, the elimination of the venue rule in medical malpractice actions would likely have an adverse impact on health care providers, exposing them to increased settlement amounts and jury awards, as well as encouraging forum shopping. Read the complete article on the Scranton Times Website.
Mark recently spoke at the Litigation Counsel of America’s Renaissance Symposium at the Harvard Club in New York City. Mark’s subject was “Are Pain and Suffering Damages Recoverable for Stillborn Infants in a Wrongful Death Action? A Case Study in the Application of Frye v. U.S.” The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work. Mark was admitted as a Fellow in 2011.
LCA membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.
On November 16, 2018, Mark was among several of the “Founders” of the GCSOM that were honored at Founders’ Day. The Founders’ Day included a breakfast with Dean Steven Scheinman, M.D., as well as morning coffee with medical students at GCSOM. Mark was a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Education Development Corporation, which ultimately led to the founding of GCSOM.
On October 4, 2018, Mark was one of four lawyers who participated in a joint panel with four physicians from the Lackawanna and Luzerne County Medical Societies. Mark is Chairman of the Lackawanna County Bar Association Medical Legal Committee. The seminar was held at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in Wilkes-Barre. The program was well attended and the panel answered questions from the audience regarding Pennsylvania’s newly enacted medical marijuana laws.