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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

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

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

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

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

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

Game Over – SCOTUS Holds a Voluntary Dismissal With Prejudice Is Not a Viable Means to Appeal a Denial of Class Certification

by Carlton Fields on

A group of plaintiffs hoped to hit the reset button on the Ninth Circuit’s denial of their Rule 23(f) petition to appeal from an order striking class allegations in their case against Microsoft, the maker of the popular Xbox...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Daubert Exclusion

by Reed Smith on

Let’s start with a shameless plug: the author of this post, along with Sean Wajert (Shook Hardy & Bacon), will present a Strafford webinar on June 21 entitled, “Daubert/Frye Motions in Product Liability Litigation: Bringing...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

Supreme Court Rejects Plaintiffs' Tactic for Appealing Class Certification Denials

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous 8-0 opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and holding that federal courts lack jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 to hear the...more

Supreme Court Swats Down the “Voluntary-Dismissal Tactic”

by Benesch on

Let’s say you’re a plaintiff in a federal action and you’re seeking class certification. The district court denies your motion. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Plaintiffs’ Voluntary Dismissal Does Not Transform A Decision Denying Class Certification Into An...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, No. 15-457 (U.S. June 12, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a procedural issue that is of importance in any class action in terms of when and in what circumstances a...more

Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas Statutes of Repose Limit IVC Filter Cases in Different Ways

by Reed Smith on

In the annals of history, June 6 gets prime billing. That’s understandable, because the successful Normandy landings on D-Day (June 6, 1944), probably saved Western Civilization. (Or maybe that heroic endeavor simply...more

A One-Two-Three Inning

by Reed Smith on

With the Phillies stinking the joint out – off to their worst start since World War II – and both of Boranian’s local teams in last place, too (not as deeply buried as the Phillies), use of baseball imagery might seem a bit...more

Considering Arbitration

by Reed Smith on

We first mused over arbitration and drug/medical device claims exactly six years ago, when the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 333 (2011). In that widely studied...more

Kentucky Trial Court follows U.S., not Kentucky, Supreme Court Precedent to Hold that Claims Against Investigational Device Were...

by Reed Smith on

It is quite unusual for a state trial court to depart from that state’s highest court precedent. But consider that old Hebrew National frankfurter advertising campaign: “We answer to a higher authority.” If the United...more

Summary Judgment for Concentric Medical on Design Defect and Warnings Claims Related to Fracture of Merci Retriever Device

by Reed Smith on

When last we wrote, we were about to embark on a journey to Budapest and Vienna to visit the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber. We mentioned that we were thrilled to hold tickets to see the Lipizzaner stallions perform at the...more

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