BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell
- Case Date: 10/28/2016
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On March 6, 2017, WLF filed a brief in support of BNSF Railway Company’s challenge to a Montana Supreme Court decision that would permit state courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants—in violation of the Constitution’s due-process limits under the Fourteenth Amendment. The case arose from separate suits filed under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Although neither plaintiff alleged ever working or sustaining injury in Montana, the Montana Supreme Court found personal jurisdiction in both cases. In its brief, WLF explained that the statutory rationale for personal jurisdiction adopted by the Montana Supreme Court—if allowed to stand—will erode the due-process rights of defendants and render Daimler a dead letter in all cases brought under FELA. WLF’s brief was joined by Allied Educational Foundation.
|Awaiting oral argument.|
More Information and Downloads:
|10/28/2016: Download the Brief|
|3/6/2017: Download the Brief|