Specific Personal Jurisdiction: The Unanswered Questions

By David Holman (July 14, 2017, 12:23 PM EDT) -- Personal jurisdiction fans and the tort bar eagerly awaited the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, 137 S. Ct. 1773.[1]

In Bristol-Myers Squibb, the high court considered whether nonresident plaintiffs allegedly injured by Plavix, a drug manufactured by defendant Bristol-Myers Squibb, could join California residents' mass action lawsuits in California state court, even though the nonresident plaintiffs' claims were unconnected to California. The Supreme Court held that California courts lacked specific personal jurisdiction over nonresident plaintiffs because "all the conduct giving rise to the nonresidents' claims occurred elsewhere."[2]

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