US Supreme Court Limits Jurisdictions Where Non-US Businesses May Be Sued

The World in U.S. Courts: Summer 2017 - Personal Jurisdiction/Forum Non Conveniens | June.19.2017

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, US Supreme Court,  June 19, 2017

In a decision having potential importance to non-US businesses involved in product liability and other national US litigation, the US Supreme Court limited the ability of plaintiffs to consolidate different State-law claims in the State of their choosing, potentially requiring that multiple smaller cases be brought in jurisdictions having a relationship to the case.  The applicability of the decision to class actions and certain federal claims is less clear, and certain to be litigated in the months and years to come.

A discussion of the case and its implications was the subject of an article on Orrick’s AntitrustWatch blog, and may be found here.

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