On August 13, 2020, WLF asked the Supreme Court of Missouri to review a decision that would give Missouri courts specific jurisdiction over the claims of 17 out-of-state plaintiffs—based solely on the defendant’s third-party business contacts in Missouri. A Missouri trial court jointly tried the claims of 22 plaintiffs from around the country. Each plaintiff alleged that using the defendant’s talcum powder caused her to develop cancer. The appeals court affirmed, holding that the defendant’s third-party contacts with a Missouri entity supplied Missouri courts with the needed jurisdictional hook—even though all relevant corporate decision-making about the defendant’s product occurred in New Jersey. In its amicus curiae brief to the Missouri high court urging review, WLF argued that the decision below, if left to stand, would allow suit virtually anywhere a company engages a third party as part of the manufacturing or distribution process. WLF’s brief was submitted with the pro bono assistance of Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn LLP.


WLF brief