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Not At Home: Reining in General Personal Jurisdiction After BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell

by WilmerHale on

BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrell redefined the contours of a court’s jurisdictional reach by effectively subjecting corporations to general personal jurisdiction only in those states where they are incorporated or have their...more

Missouri Supreme Court Talc Decision Alters Landscape

by Polsinelli on

On March 6, the Missouri Supreme Court declined to review the intermediate appellate court’s decision in Fox v. Johnson & Johnson, which vacated a $72 million talc verdict awarded in St. Louis City Court. ...more

Another Domino Teetering – Stream of Commerce Personal Jurisdiction after BMS

by Reed Smith on

Several decisions since the beginning of the year, and two appellate rulings in the last couple of weeks, highlight another aspect of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017) (“BMS”), that should be...more

California Superior Court Refuses to Allow Discovery in Aid of “Litigation Tourism” in Consolidated Xarelto Litigation

by Reed Smith on

...In In re Xarelto Cases, 2018 WL 809633 (Cal. Super. Feb, 6, 2018), the plaintiffs sued several manufacturers and a distributor, claiming various injuries and alleging the usual litany of causes of action. Appearing...more

Federal District Courts Tackle Application of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court to Class Actions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In June 2017, we wrote about the Supreme Court’s decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017) and how it would likely affect attempts by plaintiffs to pursue multi-state or nationwide class...more

Supreme Court Ruling Signals Limits on Class Action Forum Shopping

The Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017), is my pick for “2017 Class Action Practitioners’ Case of the Year”––and it’s not even a class...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 3 - January 2018: Long Arm Jurisdiction? Foreign Counsel May Not Be Sanctioned Absent...

by Dechert LLP on

The Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that a foreign counsel cannot be sanctioned for an attempt to assist its client in avoiding discovery orders issued by the court, when personal...more

Choosing the Ideal Venue for IP Disputes: Recent Developments in Federal Case Law

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The venue of a lawsuit can be a crucial, even dispositive, decision in managing the strategy of a successful outcome in an IP dispute. Defending a lawsuit on your home turf is often easier than in a distant state – defendants...more

Quasi Guest Post – 50 State Survey On General Jurisdiction Through Consent By Registration To Do Business: Putting Bauman And...

by Reed Smith on

What follows is a collaborative effort between Bexis and Reed Smith‘s Kevin Hara, who helped research and write this post. It’s not really a guest post, but Kevin had such a large hand in it that his contribution deserves to...more

New York Courts Continue to Reject Consent-By-Registration Theory of Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler

by King & Spalding on

On October 18, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) decided Sae Han Sheet Co. v. Eastman Chemical Corp., the latest in a series of cases to examine whether an out-of-state corporation...more

SCOTUS Limits Jurisdictions Where Corporations Can Be Sued

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

With its recent opinion in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed the strong position that it took in Daimler AG v. Bauman with respect to general jurisdiction, leaving no doubt that a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Issues Opinion that May Change Asbestos Litigation Landscape

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On September 21, 2017 the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois issued a personal jurisdiction opinion that may change the national landscape of asbestos litigation. Aspen American Insurance Company v. Interstate...more

Supreme Court’s Decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Has Significant Implications for Where Your Business Can Sue and Be Sued

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

One of the many costs of doing business in the United States is the threat of litigation. Most businesses will face litigation at some point. Depending on the nature of the business, that litigation might take the business...more

Illinois Supreme Court Fundamentally Limits the Ability to Sue Non-Illinois Corporations

by Polsinelli on

Following recent precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court limited the circumstances in which a non-resident corporate defendant can be subject to suit in Illinois on claims with no connection to the...more

Post-BMS Personal Jurisdiction Cheat Sheet

by Reed Smith on

In the wake of the defense wins during the last Supreme Court term in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S.Ct. 1773 (2017) (“BMS”), and BNSF Ry. Co. v. Tyrell, 137 S. Ct. 1549 (2017), we’re retiring the personal...more

SCOTUS Rules Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Access to State Courts Limited by 14th Amendment

by Clark Hill PLC on

In the recent decision, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) v. Superior Court (2017) ___ US ____, the Supreme Court followed a string of recent decisions by further limiting out of state plaintiffs’ access to courts in...more

Torts – U.S. Supreme Court Limits California Jurisdiction

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court California, San Francisco County, et al. - United States Supreme Court (June 19, 2019) - More than 600 plaintiffs (most of whom were not California residents) brought...more

Defendants Should Consider Personal Jurisdiction Defense Following Supreme Court Decision, Especially When the Claims of...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

A recent Supreme Court decision may allow defendants to avoid lawsuits in distant courts that have little or no connection to the lawsuit, especially in cases (such as mass actions) where the claims of out-of-state plaintiffs...more

Supreme Court Delivers A Decisive Blow To Forum Shoppers And Magnet Jurisdictions: The Court’s Bristol-Myers Opinion Further...

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

On June 19th, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion that will have far reaching implications for mass manufacturers. The case is Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California (No. 16-466). The...more

What You Will See On Personal Jurisdiction Following BMS

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court’s opinion on personal jurisdiction in BMS v. Superior Court has already made a substantial impact, despite being on the books for a mere three weeks. That’s probably because it’s the Supreme Court and also...more

Blank Rome Secures Precedential Opinion on Personal Jurisdiction in Dutch Run-Mays Draft V. Wolf Block

by Blank Rome LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, ruled in favor of our client WolfBlock LLP in the matter of Dutch Run-Mays Draft V. Wolf Block, making it the first published case in a New Jersey court...more

Supreme Court of United States Reaffirms Limits of Specific Jurisdiction

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States recently reaffirmed the principle that there must be a direct connection between a forum state and the underlying controversy in order for a court to exercise specific jurisdiction over...more

Personal Jurisdiction Update In Supreme Court’s Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

by Weintraub Tobin on

Several weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., No. 16-466, 581 U.S. —, 2017 WL 2621322 (June 19, 2017) (“Bristol-Myers Squibb”). The more than 600...more

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

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