BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell
- Case Date: 10/28/2016
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held that because BNSF Railway Co. is neither incorporated nor headquartered in Montana, it is not subject to suit there for claims arising from BNSF’s activities outside the state. In so holding, the Court reversed a decision of the Montana Supreme Court, which had found that state courts could exercise general personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants. Echoing arguments advanced by WLF in its amicus brief, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Federal Employers’ Liability Act does not even address—much less authorize—a state court’s exercise of personal jurisdiction over railroad defendants. It also held that the Montana courts’ exercise of general jurisdiction over BNSF violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, as interpreted in the Court’s landmark 2014 Daimler AG v. Bauman precedent. WLF’s brief was joined by the Allied Educational Foundation.
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