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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Curb Forum Shopping in State Courts

by Alston & Bird on

In its two recent 8–1 decisions, BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the U.S. Supreme Court doubled down on its 2014 landmark personal jurisdiction ruling in Daimler AG v....more

U.S. Supreme Court Again Limits Forums for Suits Against Corporations

by Lathrop Gage on

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court held that due process restricts a state court’s power to exercise “general” (i.e. all-purpose) jurisdiction to hear any and all claims against a defendant. General jurisdiction exists only...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Narrow Application Of Specific Jurisdiction Will Impede Forum Shopping In Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California, et al., No. 16-466 (U.S. June 19, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court articulated the narrow circumstances under which specific jurisdiction will...more

Update: US Supreme Court Reverses California’s Expansion of Personal Jurisdiction

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Nation’s highest court reverses California Supreme Court decision that extended the jurisdictional reach of state courts. In the 2016 case Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (Anderson), the California Supreme Court...more

Class Action Defendants Win Home Court Advantage in Supreme Court Ruling on Specific Jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Case

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a decisive 8-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a theory of specific jurisdiction that would allow a state court to assert specific jurisdiction over the claims of out-of-state plaintiffs whose claims were not...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits the Exercise of Specific Personal Jurisdiction by State Courts

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently tightened the reins when it comes to state courts’ exercise of case-based, specific personal jurisdiction over out-of-state companies. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of...more

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

Getting Specific about Specific Jurisdiction: Bristol-Myers Squibb

On June 19, the United States Supreme reaffirmed some basic principles of personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, 528 U.S. __ (2017). In a bloody-good 8-1 decision (with only...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

Are You Affiliated? The Supreme Court Further Limits Forum Shopping in the Mass Tort Context

by Sedgwick LLP on

Pardon the Jimi Hendrix allusion, but it seemed appropriate given yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, No. 16-466 (June 19, 2017), in which the California Supreme...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

Scope of Personal Jurisdiction In Nationwide and Multistate Class Actions Potentially Impacted By Supreme Court Decision In...

This week the Supreme Court issued a new opinion in a case that involved the scope of personal jurisdiction in a nationwide mass action brought in a state court. Although it is not entirely clear the extent to which this...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

Supreme Court 4/25 Personal Jurisdiction Argument

by Reed Smith on

The other day, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, No. 16-466 (U.S. argued April 24, 2017) (“BMS”) (link to transcript). We’ve blogged many times about the issues in...more

More on Missouri – What To Expect and Not To Expect After Dolan

by Reed Smith on

This is a follow-up to our post last week on the Missouri Supreme Court’s momentous personal jurisdiction decision in State ex rel. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Dolan, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2017 WL 770977 (Mo. Feb. 28, 2017)...more

Missouri Supreme Court Decision Will Impact Toxic and Mass Tort Cases

by Polsinelli on

In a decision handed down Tuesday, February 28, the Missouri Supreme Court limited circumstances in which out-of-state corporate defendants will be subject to personal jurisdiction, rejecting two novel theories of specific...more

Breaking News – California High Court Expands “Specific” Personal Jurisdiction To Recreate “Exorbitant” Personal Jurisdiction...

by Reed Smith on

It’s been two years since the First District California Court of Appeals issued its ill-founded decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 175 Cal. Rptr. 3d 412 (Cal. App. 2014), which used specific personal...more

Breaking News – No General Jurisdiction by Consent in Delaware

by Reed Smith on

From our prior personal jurisdiction posts concerning Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), and the plaintiff-side dodge of “general jurisdiction by consent,” regular blog readers were aware that one of the few...more

Breaking News - Bauman Trumps Jurisdiction By Consent in Second Circuit – and New Post-Bauman Cheat Sheet on General Personal...

by Reed Smith on

It has been a little over two years since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Bauman v. AG Daimler, and, from our perspective, its impact has been significant, even earth shaking (no pun intended, and we have a San...more

West Virginia Federal Court Finds Personal Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Parent Company in Elk River Spill

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a ruling that could broaden parent company exposure to suit in West Virginia, the Southern District of West Virginia found that it had personal jurisdiction over the out-of-state parent company of an in-state water company...more

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