Case Detail

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court
On March 8, 2017, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to require state courts to comply with due-process limits on their authority to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. WLF argued that although a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision cut back on the power of state courts to exercise jurisdiction over out-of-state corporations, the lower courts in this case have simply refused to abide by that decision. WLF asserted that the U.S. Constitution protects nonresidents against being haled into a Stateís court unless the claim being sued on actually arose within the State. Thousands of out-of-state plaintiffs have filed claims against drug manufacturers in California courts (presumably because they view California as a friendly forum for plaintiffs), even though their claims are wholly unrelated to the State. In this case, all but 86 of the 661 plaintiffs are not residents of California and do not claim to have been injured there.
Case Status:
Awaiting oral argument on April 25, 2017.
More Information and Downloads:
6/10/2015: Download the Brief
11/10/2016: Download the Brief
3/8/2017: Download the Brief
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