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BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell
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On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a Montana Supreme Court decision that ignores fundamental due-process limits on the ability of state courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed an amicus urging the Court to grant the petition and clarify that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment unequivocally bars state courts from exercising general jurisdiction over nonresident defendants. As WLF explained, such a ruling is needed to prevent forum shopping and provide multi-state companies assurance as to where their conduct will render them liable to suit. WLF warned the Court that if the statutory rationale for personal jurisdiction adopted by the Montana Supreme Court is allowed to stand, it will erode the due-process rights of defendants in all cases brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act.
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Certiorari granted; WLF’s merits amicus brief due March 6.
More Information and Downloads:
10/28/2016: Download the Brief
Press Release: WLF Urges Supreme Court to Review State Court Decision Regarding Due-Process Limits on Personal Jurisdiction
Press Release: Press Release: In Victory for WLF, Supreme Court Agrees to Review Personal Jurisdiction under FELA