Plavix Ruling Cements Calif. As Center For Mass Torts

Law360, New York (August 30, 2016, 11:10 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court’s ruling that state courts have jurisdiction to hear out-of-state residents’ claims that they were injured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s blood-thinner drug Plavix expands the scope of specific personal jurisdiction and cements the Golden State’s status as a battleground for mass torts, attorneys said on Tuesday.

In its split ruling, the state high court found Monday that a company’s business ties in the state were not enough to establish general jurisdiction — which enables a court to hear a case against a defendant regardless of the subject of the litigation — over nonresident plaintiffs’ claims. However, the majority of...

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