Civil cases; conduct of business activity, permissible venue. (SB1337)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Venue in civil cases; conduct of business activity; change of venue. Eliminates from the list of Category B venue (permissible venue) the forum where the defendant regularly conducts substantial business activity or where such activity was conducted before the defendant's withdrawal from the Commonwealth. The bill also provides that Category B venue exists where a defendant that is a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company has its principal office or place of business. The bill further provides that a court that has Category A venue (preferred venue) over a case may transfer that case to another forum if there is a lack of a practical nexus between the transferring court and the underlying cause of action. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103904D
01/18/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Committee substitute printed 13104554D-S1
02/05/2013Read second time
02/05/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104554D-S1
02/05/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1337S1
02/05/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Placed on Calendar
02/11/2013Read first time
02/11/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Read second time
02/14/2013Read third time
02/14/2013Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/14/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1337ER)
02/19/2013Signed by Speaker
02/20/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 103 (effective 7/1/13)
03/05/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0103)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.