High Court's BNSF Ruling A Roadblock For Forum-Shopping

Law360, New York (May 30, 2017, 8:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that BNSF Railway Co. can't be sued in Montana by two out-of-state employees who weren't injured there, a decision experts say gives large corporations more control over the jurisdictions in which they might face injury lawsuits.

By an 8-1 vote, the justices reversed a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court that individuals have the right to sue in the state even though they have no connection to it under both the Federal Employers Liability Act, a 1908 law that protects railroad workers injured on the job, and Montana state law.

The justices concluded that Section...

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