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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court
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On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a California Supreme Court decision that ignores constitutional limits on the authority of state courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state corporate defendants. The decision marked a victory for WLF, which filed a brief (joined by the Allied Educational Foundation) urging the Court to grant review. In its 2014 Daimler decision, the Supreme Court held that a State may not hale an out-of-state corporation into its courts unless the claim being sued on has a substantial connection with the State. But in this case, the California courts permitted 575 nonresident plaintiffs to file suit against an out-of-state drug company even though their injuries did not arise in California. WLF’s brief argued that the lower court’s rationale would negate Daimler as a check on state-court jurisdiction. WLF will now file a second brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the California Supreme Court’s decision.
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Victory; certiorari granted. WLF is preparing to file merits brief.
More Information and Downloads:
6/10/2015: Download the Brief
11/10/2016: Download the Brief
Press Release: WLF Tells California High Court to Enforce U.S. Supreme Court's Personal Jurisdiction Limits
Press Release: California Supreme Court Defies Daimler, Permits Unrestricted Jurisdiction over Out-of-State Firms
Press Release: WLF Seeks High Court Enforcement of Personal Jurisdiction Limits in State Courts
Press Release: In WLF Victory, High Court to Consider Limits on State Courts’ Personal Jurisdiction over Defendants