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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court
On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution imposes strict limits on the authority of state courts to exercise jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants, ruling 8-1 that they may not be sued based on claims lacking a connection with the forum State. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief arguing that the Due Process Clause limits a court’s exercise of “specific” personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. The case involved 661 unrelated plaintiffs who filed a products-liability claim in California state court against an out-of-state defendant. The vast majority of the plaintiffs were not from California and suffered no injury there. The Court ruled that under those circumstances, the out-of-state plaintiffs could not sue in California because their claims lacked a substantial connection with the State. WLF’s brief was joined by the Allied Educational Foundation.
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