How Plaintiffs' Forum Shopping Paid Off In Novartis Case

Law360, New York (December 5, 2013, 12:36 PM EST) -- The recent opinion in Rowland v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., ___ F. Supp.2d ___, (W.D. Pa. Nov. 22, 2013), has us shaking our heads. That’s not so much because of the legal issue being fought over, but rather because of the machinations that led to a most peculiar result.

Basically, forum shopping paid off.

Rowland involved three plaintiffs, Rowland, Machin and Orr, all of whom are (or were) Pennsylvania residents. Rowland, at *1. However, none of them filed suit in Pennsylvania. Rowland and Machin brought suit in...
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