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U.S. Supreme Court Reins in Attempts to Expand Jurisdiction

This past Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court drastically changed the landscape of mass tort litigation. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the Court found that the State of California did not have...more

Supreme Court Reins in California Courts’ Approach to Specific Jurisdiction

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court reinforced its narrow application of specific jurisdiction in mass tort proceedings in an 8-1 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California. In the class action...more

Jurisdictional Reach of State Courts Limited

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a closely-watched California Supreme Court ruling on Monday, finding that California state courts did not have specific jurisdiction to hear the claims of nonresident plaintiffs in a class...more

Supreme Court Says “No” to “Litigation Tourism”

There has been a lot said already about the effect on product liability (especially drug) cases and “mass actions” as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s June 17, 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v....more

Failure To Contraindicate Claims and Preemption

by Reed Smith on

We were recently asked the question, “are failure to contraindicate claims preempted?” Our immediate response was, “How could they not be”? However, it’s not helpful to answer a question with a question, and as with all...more

Multi-State Class Actions After the Supreme Court’s Decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On June 19th, the Supreme Court issued a decision that could have important consequences for multi-state class actions. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, the Court addressed the question whether a California...more

Supreme Court Solidifies Specific Jurisdiction Analysis To Dismiss Product Claims Filed Against Non-Resident Defendant,...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Product manufacturers routinely hauled into court in far away, inconvenient jurisdictions can breathe a little easier with the Supreme Court’s decision this week in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Anti-Forum Shopping Jurisdictional Decision

As anticipated, the just-released U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, No. 16-466, 2017 WL 2621322 (U.S. June 19, 2017), establishes an important limitation in the law of personal...more

Supreme Court Ruling Curtails Forum-Shopping

by Jackson Walker on

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court placed new limits on where lawsuits may be filed. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, No. 16–466 (June 19, 2017), the justices, in an eight – one decision,...more

SCOTUS Addresses Scope of 'Specific Personal Jurisdiction'

by Dechert LLP on

The Supreme Court addressed the scope of so-called “specific personal jurisdiction,” on Monday, as applied to major corporations, strengthening defendants’ potential arguments at the motion to dismiss stage. Bristol-Myers...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses California’s Sliding Scale Approach to Specific Personal Jurisdiction

On June 19, 2017, in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the Supreme Court held, by a vote of 8 to 1, that California courts lack specific jurisdiction to entertain a nonresident’s claims that are...more

Eastern District of Wisconsin Grants Summary Judgment on Hip Component Manufacturer’s Negligence Claims But Denies Summary...

by Reed Smith on

Last week, like most weeks during the past year, we spent a lot of our time on airplanes. One of those trips fell on a day with “lots of weather.” All of our flights were delayed, although we were luckier than many. When we...more

US Supreme Court Limits Jurisdictions Where Non-US Businesses May Be Sued - The World in U.S. Courts: June 2017 - Special Issue

On June 19, the US Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, a case that may make efforts to litigate national product liability and consumer protection suits against non-US companies...more

US Supreme Court strikes death blow against forum shopping in mass actions by limiting personal jurisdiction

by DLA Piper on

On Monday, the US Supreme Court continued its recent trend of contracting personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, No. 16-466, 582 U.S. ___ (2017) by holding...more

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

SCOTUS Finally Ends Litigation Tourism In Product Liability Suits

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The United States Supreme Court fundamentally changed the practice of product liability litigation in the United States by finally doing away with the “litigation tourism” industry – the common practice of out-of-state...more

SCOTUS Rules CA Courts Lack Specific Jurisdiction to Entertain Injury Claims by Non-Residents (Bristol-Myers)

by Selman Breitman LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the ability of non-California residents to sue defendants in California courts for injury claims that have no connection to California, even where defendants have extensive business...more

Daimler Here to Stay: SCOTUS Overturns California Court’s Exercise of Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Plaintiffs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following on the heels of BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell last month, the Supreme Court, by an 8-1 margin in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, has reaffirmed the jurisdictional holding of its 2014 Daimler...more

New U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Concerning Specific Jurisdiction in U.S. Courts

The United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of San Francisco County, 582 U.S. ____ (2017). Fortunately, the Supreme Court resisted the opportunity to revisit...more

Supreme Court Closes The Door On A Tactic Used By Plaintiffs To Appeal Denials of Class Certification

The Supreme Court recently decided a case involving an Xbox 360, although the issue before them had nothing in particular to do with the video game system itself. It got me wondering, however, how many justices would you...more

Breaking News - Bristol-Myers Squibb Slams The Door On Litigation Tourism

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court decided “the big one” today – and not to keep anyone in suspense [the big one is a major earthquake in California mass tort litigation], the result is that the California Supreme Court finding of personal...more

Fourth Circuit Punts West Virginia Innovator Liability Issue

by Reed Smith on

We have two posts on innovator liability that we update on a consistent basis: our innovator liability scorecard, and our “Innovator Liability at 100” state-by-state collection of materials that we originally compiled when...more

Supreme Court Rejects Creative Dismissal Strategy To Engineer Appellate Review Of Order Denying Class Certification

Takeaway: The United States Supreme Court has rejected a tactic used by the plaintiffs’ bar to obtain appellate court review of an order denying class certification despite a settlement of the named plaintiffs’ claims....more

Third Circuit Gets Right Result In Affirming Daubert Exclusion

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this week, we posted on the Ninth Circuit’s conversion of the Daubert’s gate (that the trial court should keep) into more of a swinging saloon door. A week before the Ninth Circuit ruled that a trial court had erred...more

PERS Company Prevails at Trial of Wrongful Death Suit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A recent case involving a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) was decided in the Appellate Court of Connecticut, Theodore v. Lifeline Sys. Co., 173 Conn. App. 291, 2017 Conn. App. LEXIS 211 (Conn. App. Ct. May 23,...more

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