2 Circuit Court Rulings Convolute Class Jurisdiction Outlook

Law360 (March 12, 2020, 4:48 PM EDT) -- Lawyers working on class actions, civil procedure experts and many others have been waiting to see what circuit courts will do with the Bristol-Myers Squibb issue — the question, raised by the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, of whether a federal court has personal jurisdiction for a nationwide class action based only on the defendant's interactions with the named plaintiffs.

The last few days have produced two very different results with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's decision Tuesday in Molock v. Whole Foods Market Group Inc., and the U.S. Court of...

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