Pendent-Venue Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Pendent venue doctrine is a principle that once venue is established for a federal claim, there is no need of proof of venue for additional federal claims, cross-claims, and counterclaims. Generally, venue must be established for each separate claim in a complaint. However when two or more claims amount to a single cause of action with two grounds for relief, proper venue as to one claim will support adjudication of both claims.

Whether to apply pendent venue in any given case is a discretionary decision based on some of the same considerations that support the exercise of pendent jurisdiction, such as judicial economy, convenience, avoidance of piecemeal litigation, and fairness to the litigants. [Lengacher v. Reno, 75 F. Supp. 2d 515 (E.D. Va. 1999)]