The Right Approach To Personal Jurisdiction In Class Actions

Law360 (April 12, 2021, 6:43 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court[1] did not address the question of personal jurisdiction in class actions.[2]

Neither did the decision last month in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court,[3] which reaffirmed that specific personal jurisdiction exists over the claims of residents of a forum state who purchase, use and are injured by a product in that state, provided the defendant also had sufficiently related contacts with the forum.[4]

Again, the court was not asked to address how these principles of specific jurisdiction apply in class actions. That issue — which the...

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