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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

Supreme Court Ruling Promises To Reshape Major, Multiparty Litigation in Federal Court

In Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, No. 16-466, slip op. (U.S., June 19, 2017), the United States Supreme Court provided further clarification regarding the exercise of personal jurisdiction over...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

TC Heartland – One Month Later Delaware, Texas, California and Illinois Courts Most Popular Venues

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

We previously reported on the early impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland based on the first few weeks of new filings. It has now been one month, and based on the filing data for the month since TC Heartland...more

In a Series of Personal-Jurisdiction Cases, the Supreme Court Gives Businesses Tools Against Forum Shopping

by K&L Gates LLP on

The 2016–2017 U.S. Supreme Court term will be remembered for decisions on splashier subjects, but for the business community, the personal-jurisdiction decisions in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v....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

SCOTUS Overturns California's Extreme Expansion of Personal Jurisdiction for National Corporations

by Jones Day on

The United States Supreme Court has issued an important decision rejecting California's effort to assert personal jurisdiction over nonresident corporations and curtailing the plaintiff's bar's efforts at forum shopping....more

United States Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Specific Personal Jurisdiction in State Court

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On Monday, June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court clarified the limits of specific personal jurisdiction in state courts, holding that a connection between a defendant’s contacts with the forum and the claims at issue remains...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

Closing up Shop: Supreme Court Solidifies Protections Against Plaintiff Forum Shopping

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

At the end of 2016, we highlighted the United States Supreme Court’s hearing of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court as a decision “of great concern to drug and device companies” as it pertains to plaintiff forum...more

New Ruling Limits "Forum Shopping" In Mass Action Cases And Has Potentially Significant Implications For Class Actions

by Akerman LLP on

On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued the latest in a line of decisions that began in 2011 which has restricted the exercise of personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants by state and federal courts....more

Bristol-Myers v. Sup. Ct.: Supreme Court Restricts Specific Jurisdiction and Limits Forum Shopping

by Locke Lord LLP on

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Sup. Ct. of Calif., 2017 WL 2621322 (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court continued its push against forum shopping by holding that California state courts do not have specific personal jurisdiction...more

Supreme Court Narrows Choice of Court to File Patent Infringement Actions

by Genova Burns LLC on

The Supreme Court used a dispute over flavored drink mix to settle a question regarding the proper venue for patent infringement actions, unanimously ruling in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341,...more

Post TC Heartland Decision Calls Into Question Rule 12 Waiver Doctrine in Patent Cases

Last week, Judge Nelson of the District of Minnesota decided that further briefing on venue in The Valspar Corp. et al. v. PPG Industries, Inc. was appropriate given the recent TC Heartland decision by the Supreme Court. This...more

The Northern District of California Shoots to Second Place After TC Heartland

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

It’s been just over two weeks since the Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland. As plaintiffs and the courts now struggle to deal with venue in patent cases (and patent litigators brush up on venue law), we looked at recent...more

BNSF v. Tyrrell: The Other International Shoe Has Dropped

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The availability of any forum aside from a defendant's state of incorporation or principal place of business will require a plaintiff to carefully consider the likelihood of obtaining specific jurisdiction because there is...more

The Supreme Court Rolled Back Patent Venue — What Will Happen Now for Copyright?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court recently sounded the death knell for patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas, overruling the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) and dramatically reducing forum shopping in...more

High Court Limits Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Venue in a patent litigation is limited to the alleged infringer’s state of incorporation or where the defendant has committed infringing acts and has a regular and established place of business....more

New U.S. Supreme Court decision changes venue rules in patent cases

by McAfee & Taft on

Early last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit in an 8-0 decision that will make it easier for companies to defend patent infringement lawsuits. In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, the...more

There’s No Place Like Home: The U.S. Supreme Court Emphasizes the Constitutional Limits on Personal Jurisdiction and Constrains...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Almost any business whose products or services reach customers in multiple states knows that there are some jurisdictions thought to be friendlier to plaintiffs. Plaintiffs’ lawyers know about those jurisdictions too, and...more

Supreme Court Continues Rule-based Refinement of Personal Jurisdiction

by Perkins Coie on

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down yet another personal jurisdiction opinion emphasizing clear rules as to when out-of-state defendants may be haled into court. While the decision in BNSF Railway Co. v....more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Venue Options for Patent Infringement Actions

by LeClairRyan on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC related to proper venue for patent infringement actions against a domestic corporation. Prior to this decision, a...more

New Venue Considerations May Shape Patent Litigation after TC Heartland

The Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, unanimously holding that, for the purpose of the patent venue statute 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), “a domestic corporation...more

#AliceStorm: April Update and the Impact of TC Heartland on Patent Eligibility

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Supreme Court’s recent decision on patent venue, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, may actually turn out to be a good thing for patentees when it comes to Section 101. But before we get to that, let’s do the...more

TC Heartland: The Impact of Updating Patent Venue Rules

The United States Supreme Court has been chipping away at patent rights for the past decade. The latest blow occurred on May 22, 2017, when the Court crippled the ability of patent holders to engage in forum shopping in TC...more

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