Case Detail

BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell
On March 6, 2017, WLF filed a brief in support of BNSF Railway Company’s challenge to a Montana Supreme Court decision that would permit state courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants—in violation of the Constitution’s due-process limits under the Fourteenth Amendment. The case arose from separate suits filed under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Although neither plaintiff alleged ever working or sustaining injury in Montana, the Montana Supreme Court found personal jurisdiction in both cases. In its brief, WLF explained that the statutory rationale for personal jurisdiction adopted by the Montana Supreme Court—if allowed to stand—will erode the due-process rights of defendants and render Daimler a dead letter in all cases brought under FELA. WLF’s brief was joined by Allied Educational Foundation.
Case Status:
Awaiting oral argument.
More Information and Downloads:
10/28/2016: Download the Brief
3/6/2017: Download the Brief
Press Release: WLF Urges Supreme Court to Review State Court Decision Regarding Due-Process Limits on Personal Jurisdiction
Press Release: In Victory for WLF, Supreme Court Agrees to Review Personal Jurisdiction under FELA
Press Release: WLF Asks Supreme Court to Reinforce Daimler Jurisdiction Decision in Support of Due Process Rights
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