Robinson v. Pfizer, Inc.
- Case Date: 9/9/2016
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On September 9, 2016, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, encouraging it to enforce constitutional limits imposed by the Due Process Clause on the authority of state courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. WLF argued that the lower court in this case simply refused to abide by a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision—Daimler v. Bauman—that delimited the power of state courts to exercise jurisdiction over out-of-state corporations. The case involves 64 unrelated plaintiffs from across the country who filed a products-liability suit in a Missouri court, alleging they were injured after taking Lipitor, a drug made by defendant Pfizer. WLF argued that Daimler requires a finding that Missouri courts lack personal jurisdiction over Pfizer with respect to the claims of the 60 plaintiffs who live outside Missouri, because Missouri is not Pfizer’s “home” State, and the claims of those plaintiffs lack any connection to Missouri.
|Awaiting oral argument.|
More Information and Downloads:
|9/9/2016: Download the Brief|
|Press Release: WLF Encourages Eighth Circuit to Corral Wayward Federal District Court on Due Process Jurisdictional Issue|